• Aug. 7, 600 block of Gladiolus Street, recovered property. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office was contacted regarding a found purse. Deputies were able to identify the property from an April 29 vehicle burglary in Anna Maria. The owner of the purse was notified. She told deputies she would collect her property when she returns to the island.
• Aug. 19, 600 block of South Bay Drive, theft. A complainant reported someone stole a kayak from his property.
• Aug. 14, 200 Lakeview Drive, loitering/prowling. A MCSO deputy was patrolling due to recent burglaries and observed three men in dark clothing. The men spotted the deputy and fled. Additional MCSO units, a K-9 unit, two Holmes Beach Police Department units and a Bradenton Beach Police Department unit were called to assist in setting up a perimeter to locate the subjects. The search lasted about 30 minutes, but the subjects were not located. According to the report, the deputy suspected the men ran into a nearby home.
Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.
• No new reports.
Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.
• Aug. 22, 4500 block of 123rd Street, criminal mischief. A male complainant reported someone cut a decorative fishing net on his carport and broke a piece of art in his backyard. A MCSO deputy viewed a neighbor’s video recording, but reported the video was of poor quality and only allowed him to identify the suspect as a “slender, white male.” The victim said he suspected a neighbor. The deputy made contact with the neighbor, who denied having knowledge of the incident, but admitted to disliking his neighbor, according to the report. The deputy then told the man he was going to review video of the incident, at which time the man said, “I’ll be honest with you, I did it. I cut his net.” According to the report, the man said he was mad at the victim for harassing him. The damage was estimated to be $40.
Cortez is policed by the MCSO
• Aug. 19, 4000 Gulf Drive, information. Holmes Beach Police Department officers responded in conjunction with EMS and marine rescue personnel to a report of a “deranged” man at Manatee Public Beach. The man told police he and a group of other homeless men had gone to the beach from the homeless shelter. He had put his medications, including 48 pills, in his bag. When he returned from the water, the medications were gone. The man requested transport to Manatee Glens, but was told it was full. Police took the man to Blake Medical Center.
• Aug. 17, 100 block of 75th Street, suspicious incident. Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch reported that wooden marker stakes around a loggerhead sea turtle nest were knocked down for a second time. Nearby residents reported juveniles were partying in the area. HBPD said it would patrol the area.
• Aug. 17, 7500 block of Marina Drive, suspicious vehicle. A woman complainant contacted HBPD regarding several vehicles coming and going to a nearby residence. The woman insisted drug deals were occurring and told police, “Either you do something about it or I will with a crowbar,” according to the report. Officers made contact with two adult parents, who told police they were throwing a back-to-school party for their son and his friends. Police reported no alcohol consumption or suspicious activity was taking place and cleared the scene.
• Aug. 17, 4000 Gulf Drive, trespass warning. While on routine patrol, a HBPD officer observed an empty truck at the beach playground. He continued to observe from a distance and noticed a group of seven young people returning from the beach and placing a Manatee County beach sign into the back of the truck. The officer made contact with the group and issued all seven a trespass warning. Three of the seven members were juveniles. Their parents were contacted.
• Aug. 18, 5401 Marina Drive, disturbance. HBPD responded to D.Coy Ducks regarding a fight. Upon arrival, police observed several people scattered across the parking lot. After interviewing some people, police determined the instigators had fled the scene. No one wished to pursue charges, so police cleared the scene.
Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.
Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives from the Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach police departments and Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.