2 arrested for felony gun theft

Two Holmes Beach men were booked into the Manatee County jail Aug. 3 on charges of felony theft of a firearm after allegedly stealing a 9 mm handgun from Mackinlay’s roommate.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Erik Hall, 24, of 510 67th St., and Jacob Mackinlay, 19, of 400 75th St., were both charged with the theft, but Mackinlay also was booked on several other charges, including felony concealment of a weapon.

The two men went to where Mackinlay was staying on 75th Street. At some point, a roommate observed the two men take the gun and tried to intervene.

According to the police report, Mackinlay assaulted the roommate, who called police after the two men fled the residence.

Officers from the Holmes Beach Police Department made contact with the two men, who allegedly admitted the gun was in Hall’s suitcase.

Hall was charged with theft of a firearm. Macklinlay also was charged with theft of a firearm, but also charged with misdemeanor battery.

Police also allegedly found drug paraphernalia containing marijuana residue on Mackinlay.

According to the report, Mackinlay also smashed the hood of a vehicle owned by the man he assaulted as he left the scene.

Police found a hammer in the vehicle driven by the two men and accused Mackinlay of misdemeanor possession of a burglary tool and criminal mischief.

Both men were booked into jail on $5,000 bond. Mackinlay’s total bond is $7,220. They will be arraigned at 8 a.m. Friday, Aug. 31, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

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