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Alleged misdemeanor thefts lead to felony charge


A 48-year-old homeless man faces a felony charge after being arrested Aug. 20 for the seventh time for an alleged petit theft.

William Garringer, listed as homeless, was allegedly seen placing beer and chicken valued at $20 in a shopping bag and leaving without paying the Publix store at 3900 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach,.

A customer notified the manager, who contacted the Holmes Beach Police Department. An officer reviewed the store’s videotape and subsequently matched the suspect’s identification to Garringer.

Police were initially unable to locate the suspect, but later arrested Garringer and transported him to the Manatee County jail, where he was booked into custody on $3,000 bond.

Garringer remained in custody as of Islander press time.

He is scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

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