After following a trail of stolen jewelry, the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office arrested William Wilson IV, 19, of the 400 block of 75th Street, Holmes Beach.
An MCSO detective discovered jewelry at a Sarasota GoldMax store Aug. 12 that had come from an Anna Maria burglary, according to the probable cause affidavit.
Wilson allegedly presented his brother’s driver’s license when selling the jewelry, but also provided a thumbprint to complete the sale.
The detective, with assistance from the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, obtained a copy of the driver’s license photo and issued a warrant for Wilson’s brother.
MCSO made contact Aug. 15 with the brother, who told the detective that the man in the photo ID with his name on it is Wilson.
A fingerprint analysis was made from the one used at the Sarasota store to a prior arrest record, which ended in a match with Wilson.
The detective made contact with Wilson, who agreed to meet with the deputy at his Holmes Beach residence. Wilson was taken into custody and, according to the report, admitted he took his brother’s license and committed the Anna Maria burglary.
Wilson faces charges of burglary, possession of a stolen driver’s license, as well as charges pending in Sarasota for allegedly selling stolen merchandise.
As of press time, Wilson remained in custody at the Manatee County jail on a bond of $8,500.