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Bradenton man nabbed in boat burglaries

By Mark Young, Islander Reporter

A 39-year-old Bradenton man was arrested May 12 in connection to a burglary spree at the Mainsail boat docks, where police say multiple fishing boats were burglarized.

According to a Holmes Beach Police Department press release, officers responded to the docks in reference to stolen nets, coolers and anchors.

Police determined that a suspect entered the first boat via the water.

Sgt. Mike Pilato investigated the burglary and was contacted later the same day by one of the victims, who said he learned his stolen property was seen at Gilligan’s Island in the Intercoastal Waterway.

Pilato responded and observed Roger Alan Darling in an unregistered boat, allegedly with all of the stolen property from the Mainsail burglaries visible on the boat and the shore at a makeshift campsite.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Darling was asked about the stolen property and allegedly said he was aware the property was stolen, but he was not the one who took the items.

Pilato took Darling into custody and the victims of the theft were contacted to identify their property.

HBPD Police Chief Bill Tokajer said officers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Longboat Key Police Department and Manatee County Marine Rescue assisted.

Darling was arrested for felony theft and booked into the Manatee County jail for possession of stolen property. He was held on $1,500 bond, which he posted May 13 and was released.

Darling is scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Friday, May 31, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

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