Island police blotter – 05-15-2013

Anna Maria

• April 27, 100 block of Palm Avenue, petit theft. A Manatee County sheriff’s deputy was on routine beach patrol when he was flagged down by a woman. The complainant reported a beach chair was stolen. She said the chair had little value.

• May 7, 500 block of Spring Avenue, domestic disturbance. Neighbors reported hearing a man and woman engaged in a verbal argument. Upon arrival, law enforcement determined no physical violence occurred and issued domestic packets.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

• May 6, 2300 block of Avenue B, breach of peace. A 30-year-old Longboat Key man and a 25-year-old Bradenton man were arrested on a misdemeanor breach of peace charge. A complainant awoke to the sounds of people yelling and breaking glass. Police arrived to find one of the men sitting in a vehicle. He denied any knowledge of a disturbance, but the second man inside the residence admitted they were arguing. Police warned the men a second incident would lead to an arrest. The officer parked down the street and within 10 minutes, he heard arguing and slamming doors. The officer returned and arrested both men.

• May 6, 2500 block of Gulf Drive North, domestic battery. Two cousins attended a wedding together, at which time one of the females became intoxicated and began arguing with her cousin and other family members. At one point, the suspect pushed and hit some of the family members, who did not want to press charges.

Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.


• April 16, 4539 124th St. W., A.P. Bell Fish House, trespass warning. A man was notified by the business owner that he was not to return to the property in front of an MCSO deputy, who then issued a trespass warning.

Cortez is policed by the MCSO

Holmes Beach

• April 20, 4600 block of Gulf Drive, DUI. A 52-year-old Holmes Beach woman was arrested for driving under the influence after police found her vehicle stopped on Gulf Drive, still running and her slumped over the wheel. Police made contact with the driver, Cathy Benjamin. A police officer observed a strong smell of alcohol and attempted to administer a field sobriety test. According to the report, Benjamin refused, saying she would fail it anyway.

She was taken to the Holmes Beach Police Department and after 20 minutes of observation, a Breathalyzer test was administered, which she failed. According to the report, Benjamin continuously asked the officer what she could do to “make this go away,” at one point saying she could “take care of you and keep it between us.”

She was arrested and booked into the Manatee County jail and held on $500 bond. According to jail records, she posted bond May 4 and was released. Arraignment information was not available as of press time.

• May 4, 400 block of 62nd Street, trespass after warning. A woman called to say a man was on her property who had been issued a trespass warning April 2. Police arrived to find the man inside the residence and took him into custody without incident.

• April 20, 8000 block of Marina Drive, disturbance. Police responded to a call from a mother, who wanted her adult son removed from the home. She told police her son could not find work and refused to help around the house. She was told she would need to begin an eviction process, but advised the two separate for the night. The son agreed to leave for the night.

• April 20, 3900 E. Bay Drive, Publix, vehicle burglary. A woman reported that while inside the grocery store, someone entered her vehicle and went through her purse. The purse was left in the backseat. She said her wallet and other items were taken. She was unsure if the doors were locked, but reported two females were sitting in a van next to her vehicle when she went inside.

• April 21, 200 block of 82nd Street, domestic. Police responded to a disturbance. When an officer knocked on the door, he heard a juvenile male say, “Great, the cops are here.” He knocked again and several minutes later a juvenile female opened the door. The officer observed red marks on her neck and separated the two for interviews. The female said her boyfriend was arguing with her because she won’t stand up to her sister. She said the marks were self-inflicted because she was rubbing her neck during the argument. The male became agitated, according to the report. The parents of the two juveniles were contacted. The male’s father arrived to pick up his son, at which time the juvenile reportedly shouted obscenities at his father as they were leaving. The girl’s mother arrived to take custody of her daughter.

• April 22, 6200 block of Flotilla Drive, burglary. A man reported he left his boat on a lift at his dock. When he returned, he noticed a deep-cycle battery and a center console bench had been stolen. The items were valued at $880.

• April 24, 600 Manatee Ave., Westbay Point Moorings, theft. A complainant reported seeing his bicycle under the stairs of his unit when he arrived home the previous evening. When he left the next morning, the bike was missing. It was valued at $50.

• April 25, 500 block of Bayview Drive, burglary. A complainant reported two pieces of jewelry valued at $6,000 were missing from his home. He told police that he recently had house guests, and that he often leaves the residence unlocked so his guests can come and go.

• April 26, 800 Manatee Ave. W., Kingfish Boat Ramp, public intoxication. Police responded to a call of two intoxicated men trying to get their boat out of the water. Upon making contact, the officer could smell alcohol. The men were advised to find rides home and they complied.

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.

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