• Aug. 3, 500 block of Alamanda Road, suspicious incident. A Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy observed a vehicle driving slowing through the neighborhood and stopping in front of rental units. The deputy made contact with the driver, who said he was looking for a friend’s house on Longboat Key. After being informed, he was in Anna Maria and unable to provide an address for his friend, the man said he was going to drive back to the interstate. The deputy ran his name for warrants and, finding none, allowed the man to leave.
• Aug. 3, 100 block of Magnolia Avenue, suspicious incident. An MCSO deputy was on foot patrol when he saw a large sailboat on the beach. He ran the VIN number for ownership, which came back to a man in Neptune Beach, but the craft had not been registered in two years. The deputy reported that if the proper owner could not be located, he would have the boat towed.
• Aug. 5, 5800 block of Marina Drive, suspicious incident. An MCSO deputy observed a suspicious vehicle towing a trailer and continued to follow. When the trailer began swaying in and out of the lane, the deputy initiated a traffic stop. The driver was working on the island. He was cited for failure to maintain equipment due to low tread on the trailer tires.
• Aug. 7, 300 block of North Bay Boulevard, assist. While on routine patrol, an MCSO deputy was flagged down by a woman who advised that her grandson was stung by a stingray. EMS was contacted and treated the child.
Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.
• No new reports.
Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.
• Aug. 9, 4300 block of 127th Street West, petit theft. A woman reported she let a friend borrow her bicycle to ride to a local store. When her friend exited the store, the bicycle was gone. The pair drove around and spotted a man on what appeared to be her bike, but he claimed he purchased the bike at a Bradenton pawnshop and refused to relinquish it. A description of the suspect and photos of the bike were turned over.
Cortez is policed by the MCSO
• Aug. 7, 3200 block of East Bay Boulevard, leaving the scene of an accident with damage. A 23-year-old Bradenton man was arrested after running into a parked vehicle in the 7700 block of Palm Drive causing more than $500 in damages. The suspect fled the scene and was arrested at the listed address, at which time he was also charged with driving without a valid driver’s license.
• July 29, 7500 block of Gulf Drive, burglary. Unknown persons broke into a construction trailer and stole tools valued at $975.
• July 29, 8300 block of Marina Drive, criminal mischief. Unknown persons broke into a construction trailer, but nothing was reported missing.
• July 29, 2900 block of Avenue E, burglary. While moving from one house to another, a complainant reported someone entered her unlocked residence and stole three satellite TV systems valued at $300.
• July 30, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach, theft. A complainant reported that someone stole her wallet out of her bag while at the beach. She told police she did not notice it was missing until she got home. The wallet contained $60.
• July 31, 3700 block of Gulf Drive, criminal mischief. A complainant reported that someone vandalized a rented scooter. The seat was lifted up and wires were torn out. Damages were estimated at $50.
• Aug. 1, 100 block of 49th Street, vehicle burglary. Someone entered the complainant’s unlocked vehicle and stole a GPS unit valued at $200 and the vehicle’s keys.
• Aug. 1, 100 block of 51st Street, vehicle burglary. Someone entered an unlocked vehicle and stole a purse containing various gift cards.
• Aug. 3, 3200 E. Bay Drive, Walgreen’s, theft. A customer witnessed someone stealing several boxes of liquor and followed two suspects in their vehicle off the island. The witness provided the wrong tag numbers several times and eventually broke off contact before the suspects crossed the Skyway Bridge. An ensuing investigation revealed that one dark-skinned male distracted the store clerk with conversation while a second dark-skinned male made off with the liquor. According to the report, it may not be the first time the duo targeted the store. Police do have suspects in the case and are continuing the investigation.
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.