• Feb. 27, 9807 Gulf Drive, Ginny’s and Jane E’s, petit theft. A suspect was captured on video surveillance stealing merchandise. According to the report, the suspect also is involved in a prior shoplifting incident under investigation.
• March 2, 101 S. Bay Blvd., Two Scoops Ice Cream, trespass. Two juveniles entered the store and asked to use the telephone. A customer told the cashier the juveniles may have put candy in their pockets. A Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy made contact with the juveniles outside the business, but did not find store merchandise in their possession. The juveniles were trespassed from the store.
Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.
• No new reports.
Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.
• No new reports.
Cortez is policed by the MCSO
• March 1, 6200 Holmes Blvd., DWLS. A 37-year-old man was charged with misdemeanor driving while license suspended. A Holmes Beach police officer observed the suspect driving and was aware the driver’s license was suspended. The officer initiated a traffic stop. The suspect claimed he did not need a driver’s license because he is a sovereign citizen who is not subject to state laws. The man claimed his driving privilege was licensed under international law.
• Feb. 23, 45th Street beach, alcohol. An HBPD officer responded to a complaint of 50-60 people drinking on the beach. As the officer approached the group, he heard someone yell for everyone to hide their stuff. The officer observed several cold beers lying in the bushes and a cooler containing a bottle of rum. No one claimed ownership of the cooler. It was confiscated and the juveniles were told to leave the beach. As they began to leave, the officer observed one juvenile enter a vehicle with another bottle of rum. Upon approaching, the officer smelled marijuana. One of the juveniles admitted smoking marijuana earlier. He surrendered a small bag of marijuana. Parents of the juveniles were contacted to pick up their children. Another juvenile preparing to leave was observed to be intoxicated. The juvenile’s sister arrived to pick him up, but on checking her driver’s license, the officer discovered it to be suspended.
• Feb. 23, 3250 E. Bay Drive, Walgreens, drunk. An HBPD officer made contact with a man sleeping among cardboard boxes at the rear of the store. The man appeared to be intoxicated, but was able to call his father to pick him up.
• Feb. 28, 4400 block of Second Avenue, disturbance. A man reported to police that his son had quit paying rent and he wanted him to leave. The son was packing his belongings when the two began to argue. The father agreed to leave the area while his son finished packing.
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.