Island police blotter – 12-11-2013

Anna Maria

        • Nov. 26, 500 block of Bayview Place, illegal dumping. A boat moored in Bimini Bay broke loose during gusty winds and drifted before becoming stuck. The owner was notified and told to have the vessel removed.

• Dec. 1, 100 block of Maple Avenue, illegal tree cutting. Anna Maria public works director George McKay reported a tree company was illegally cutting seagrape trees at the beach end of Maple Avenue. A Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded and made contact with a man who said he was following his employer’s direction. The work was stopped and the employer was told code enforcement would be following up with a complaint. The deputy took photos and observed that seagrape trees apparently were cut below the 47-inch minimum.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

        • Dec. 2, 1325 Gulf Drive N., Tortuga Resort, recovery of a stolen boat. Police responded to a report of a boat at the seawall near the resort. A check on the vessel’s identification number revealed it had been reported stolen from Palma Sola Boulevard on the mainland. The owner arrived and reported damage and missing items.

• Nov. 28, 120 Bridge St., domestic battery. A woman was sitting in her vehicle when her male companion entered on the passenger’s side. An argument began, at which time the complainant reported that the male choked her, spit on her and threw an empty beer can at her. According to the report, there were no visible signs of injury to the woman. Police were unable to locate the man, who was reported to be staying on an anchored boat in Sarasota Bay in an area just south of the Historic Bridge Street Pier.

• Dec. 2, 200 Bridge St., criminal mischief. The pier concessionaire reported someone ripped a mailbox off the restaurant wall, damaged a lamp post and tore a light fixture from a wooden handrail. Damages were estimated at $170.

• Dec. 5, 201 Gulf Drive N., Oma’s Pizza, disturbance. A storeowner reported a man tallied a $31 restaurant tab and attempted to leave without paying. When the owner confronted the suspect on the patio of the restaurant, the man tossed his dog over the fence, jumped over and fled. Police caught up to the man at a nearby store trying to purchase a can of beer. Police said the man was intoxicated and was incoherent in his statements. The restaurant owner said she knew the man and told police that if he paid his tab, she would not press charges.

        Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.


• Dec. 2, 10103 Cortez Road W., Kissed by a Keylime, retail theft. A store employee left merchandise on the sidewalk outside the business. An unknown person made off with some of the merchandise while it was unattended.

• Dec. 2, 4400 block of 121st Street Court West, information. A complainant reported a man who works for him came to his home, banged on the door and demanded a $300 debt be paid. The complainant did not answer the door and allowed law enforcement to hear several threatening voicemails from the suspect. While listening to them, the suspect called again. The complainant wanted the incidents documented in case there are further issues with the suspect.

• Dec. 4, 10315 Cortez Road W., Paradise Bay Estates, criminal mischief. Unknown persons damaged the bocce ball courts by using pressure from a hose to create holes in the courts. Damages are estimated to be in excess of $5,000.

        Cortez is policed by the MCSO

Holmes Beach

• Nov. 19, 600 block of Key Royale Drive, burglary. A cleaning person observed a candle knocked over on a bedroom nightstand and a decorative box had been moved. As she began to straighten up the items, she noticed the screen window was damaged. Nothing was reported missing at first, but the owner later reported an envelope containing cash was taken.

• Nov. 23, 200 block of 82nd Street, criminal mischief. A man watching a family member’s house reported a bench on the front porch was moved to gain access to a security light, which was broken.

• Nov. 25, 3304 E. Bay Drive, Island Bazaar, theft. A woman handed her iPad to a family member while she tried on some shoes. The younger female placed the iPad on a bench and went to try on bathing suits. When she returned, the iPad was missing. It was valued at $600. Store surveillance video was provided to police.

• Nov. 27, 5500 Marina Drive, hit and run. While on patrol, a police officer observed someone had driven into the median, causing damage to trees and shrubs, as well as knocking down a traffic sign. Police located a headlight and identified it as belonging to a specific type of vehicle. Police were initially unable to locate the vehicle, but an officer on the next shift found the vehicle abandoned in the 5400 block of Holmes Boulevard. The vehicle was impounded and the owner located, who admitted responsibility. She said she looked down while connecting her phone to her vehicle, at which time she drove into the median. She also said she left because she panicked. She was cited for careless driving and leaving the scene of an accident with property damage.

        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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