• Dec. 25, 200 block of Magnolia Drive, domestic disturbance. A Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy arrived to hear a couple arguing. The deputy made contact with the male, who said he was arguing with his wife, but would not harm her. The deputy confirmed nothing physical had occurred by interviewing the wife, who said they were arguing about missing their family during the holidays.
• Dec. 28, 200 block of South Bay Drive, vehicle theft. A complainant reported that sometime during the night unknown persons gained entry to a locked vehicle and stole it from the driveway.
• Jan. 2, 200 block of Gladiolus Street, vehicle theft. A complainant reported he had locked his vehicle while parked in his drive but, at some point during the previous night, unknown persons stole the vehicle.
Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.
• Jan. 5, 2513 Gulf Drive N., Circle K, trespass warning. A man went into the store to purchase beer after the cut-off time to sell alcohol. When he was told it was after hours, he told the store clerk, “I’ll go to jail tomorrow,” and left the store without paying, according to the report. The clerk told police the man comes into the store frequently without problem. Police were able to identify the man and, with the store manager, made contact with him at his residence. A family member paid for the beer. The store did not wish to press charges, but wanted the man trespassed, and a trespass warning was issued.
Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.
• Jan. 7, 11000 block of Cortez Road West, domestic disturbance. An MCSO deputy responded to a couple arguing. After determining nothing physical had occurred, he issued domestic packets and cleared the scene.
• Jan. 7, 4500 block of 123rd Street West, criminal mischief. A woman reported that her passenger side tires had been slashed.
• Jan. 9, address not reported, sexual battery. A woman reported that two female juveniles had been sexually assaulted. MCSO contacted child protective services, which will conduct an investigation.
• Jan. 4, 4400 block of 123rd Street West, domestic disturbance. A man and his adult son engaged in a verbal argument that escalated to the point that the family dog became upset. The dog bit the son during the argument. An MCSO deputy arrived after the son was taken to the hospital. The father said he was concerned about his son’s drug addiction, and wanted him tested for a possible Baker Act. The deputy advised the father to contact the hospital, saying doctors have the authority to implement a Baker Act. The deputy cleared the scene, but received a report a short time later the son had left the hospital in the middle of his evaluation. MCSO then returned to the home to take a missing person’s report.
• Jan. 7, 4400 block of 123rd Street West, burglary. A complainant reported unknown persons gained entry into his home through an unlocked door and stole a diving helmet from underneath his Christmas tree.
Cortez is policed by the MCSO
• Dec. 26, 3900 E. Bay Drive, Publix, theft. A passerby spotted a suspicious man at the loading dock of the Publix store and took a cell phone picture of the man loading shelving into his van. The citizen sent the photo to the store manager, who then watched the store’s surveillance video, which showed the theft. The photo and video were turned over to police. The items were valued at $240 and had been stacked on the loading dock for transport back to a Publix warehouse.
• Dec. 27, 6800 block of Palm Drive, theft. Construction workers returned after the holidays to discover 35 sheets of plywood had been stolen. The materials were valued at $525.
• Dec. 27, 600 block of Dundee Lane, burglary. A resident returned from an out-of-town trip to discover someone had pried open a glass door. According to the report, the suspect used the resident’s two bathrooms. Food and beer were missing from the kitchen. The suspect allegedly took $3,470 in fishing gear and other items.
• Dec. 28, 611 Manatee Ave. W., trespass warning. The manager of CVS Pharmacy contacted police to have a known shoplifter trespassed from the store. The manager reported the woman was inside using a can of shoe polish and was told she would need to pay for the item. Police entered the store and made contact with the woman, who was paying for the polish. But when she saw police, she removed several items from her personal bag and claimed they were previous purchases she wanted to exchange. She had no receipt. Police escorted the woman outside and she was unable to provide identification. A vehicle check determined she provided a false name and had a petit theft warrant. She was arrested on the warrant and trespassed from the store.
• Dec. 29, 200 block of 85th Street, attempted burglary. A man returned home to find someone had attempted to pry open his rear door, but was unable to gain entry into the home due to added security measures. However, the damage to the door was estimated to be $300.
• Dec. 31, 4000 Gulf Drive, vehicle burglary. Holmes Beach Police officers responded to a vehicle burglary at the Manatee Public Beach. The complainant reported someone had gained entry into his locked vehicle and stolen his wife’s purse and jacket. There were no signs of forced entry. The complainant reported more than $500 in cash and items missing.
• Jan. 2, 5701 Marina Drive, theft. A female complainant reported someone had stolen the headlight and taillight from her son’s bicycle while he was inside the Island Library. She told police her son had to drive back to their home in Bradenton in the dark and she wanted the incident documented.
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.