Attempted burglary at city pier nets felony charge

A 23-year-old Bradenton man was arrested Aug. 11 after attempting to enter the freezer at the Anna Maria City Pier, 100 S. Bay Blvd.

According to the probable cause affidavit, John Sprameli was observed by a witness trying to enter the freezer. The freezer alarm was activated and Sprameli fled the scene with two other males.

The witness followed the men to the parking lot and watched them get into their vehicle and drive away, as a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy was arriving at the scene.

The witness pointed out the suspect’s vehicle, at which time the deputy called the Holmes Beach Police Department for assistance. An HBPD patrol officer initiated a traffic stop and detained the suspect for witness identification.

Sprameli was identified and he was taken into custody and charged with felony burglary.

He was transported to the Manatee County jail and held on $1,500 bond. According to jail records, Sprameli posted bond the same day and was released from custody.

He is scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 29, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

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