Island police blotter – 10-23-2013

Anna Maria

        • Oct. 12, 9707 Gulf Drive, Sign of the Mermaid, battery. An employee of the restaurant reported he was talking to patrons about a former employee when his boss allegedly came up behind him and hit him on his back. According to the report, the employer yelled at the complainant and fired him. He and his employer were separated and he then threw a glass of water at his boss. A Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy made contact with the employer, who reported no physical confrontation, saying he fired his employee for “causing problems.”

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

        • Oct. 13, 120 Bridge St., Drift In, disorderly intoxication, obstruction. A 29-year-old Sarasota man was arrested for disorderly intoxication after getting into a fight with another man at the bar. According to the report, the suspect punched the victim in the face as he was trying to leave. While police were investigating the altercation, a 22-year-old Longwood man kept trying to approach the officers. He was told several times to stay back. He refused and was arrested for obstruction.

• Oct. 16, 2200 Gulf Drive, Coquina Park, domestic battery. Police responded to a domestic disturbance and made contact with a woman who said her boyfriend “was going crazy,” according to the report. She did not cooperate with the investigation, but a witness reported that the man struck the woman several times on her shoulder and arm. Based on the investigation and witness report, the 56-year-old homeless man was arrested.

        Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.


        • No new reports.

        Cortez is policed by the MCSO

Holmes Beach

• Oct. 10, 5100 block of Second Avenue, no valid driver’s license. A 25-year-old Bradenton man working for an Anna Maria construction company was stopped for illegal window tinting. The man has never had a valid driver’s license and was arrested. A check of his identification revealed the suspect had two active warrants for failing to appear on a possession of marijuana charge and a failure to appear on traffic violations.

• Oct. 12, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach, disorderly intoxication. While police were arresting a 27-year-old LaBelle man for not having a valid driver’s license, a 40-year-old Riverview woman repeated attempts to approach the officers. She was ordered several times to remain in her vehicle, but refused. She continued to approach the officers and was arrested.

• Oct. 6, 7900 block of Gulf Drive, drugs. While initiating a traffic stop, a police officer noticed an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The occupants were asked if they were in possession of marijuana and the passenger allegedly said he just finished smoking a joint and had marijuana in the glove box. The officer also observed five empty beer cans on the floor in the back seat where two young children were sitting. Thomas Ruiz, 25, of Palmetto was issued a notice to appear in court for open container and possession of 10.4 grams of marijuana.

• Oct. 6, 3600 block of Sixth Avenue, theft. A man reported he had a friend over to his residence where a Galaxy notebook valued at $600 was left on a table. When his friend left, he noticed the notebook missing and used software to track the item to his friend’s Sarasota residence.

• Oct. 6, 5900 Marina Drive, skate park, criminal mischief. Police observed white paper towels strewn about the skate park. During further investigation in a nearby public restroom, police reported a paper towel holder was ripped from the wall. Witnesses at the park identified three juveniles as the suspects.

• Oct. 6, 3600 block of East Bay Drive, theft. A complainant reported an unlocked bicycle valued at $200 was stolen from under her stairwell.

• Oct. 7, 600 block of Key Royale Drive, theft. A man reported that someone stole the lower unit to a boat while it was on a lift in the back yard of the residence. The motor was valued at $150.

• Oct. 7, 611 Manatee Ave. W., CVS Pharmacy, trespass. An employee contacted police about a man who was previously trespassed from the store. Police were unable to locate the suspect, but he returned later, at which time police made contact with him. After confirming a prior trespass warning, the man was arrested on two counts of trespassing.

• Oct. 8, 4900 block of Gulf Drive, vehicle burglary. An unknown person entered a boat and stole several items valued at $558.

• Oct. 10, 1800 block of Avenue E, grand larceny. A woman reported more than $15,000 in jewelry was stolen from her residence. Police found no evidence of forced entry. The woman said two other people had access to the home and one of them was no longer returning her phone calls.

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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