Island police blotter – 12-25-2013

Anna Maria

• Dec. 5, 300 block of Tarpon Street, burglary. An unknown person gained entry to the property by prying open a window. The suspect stole several items that were not listed or valued on the report.

• Dec. 15, 100 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria City Pier, torture of an animal with intent to kill. Witnesses observed four men torture and subsequently kill an egret. One of the witnesses confronted the four men, who then got into their vehicle and fled before law enforcement arrived.

• Dec. 12, 100 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria City Pier, vehicle burglary. A beer truck delivery driver reported a man stole a six-pack of beer off his truck. The suspect was located at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach, but the complainant declined to press charges and the suspect was released after returning the beer.

• Dec. 19, 200 block of Oak Avenue, domestic battery. A 61-year-old man was charged with misdemeanor battery after getting into an argument with a woman over a cellphone he had given her. The argument turned physical when he attempted to take it from her. He allegedly tried to put the woman in a chokehold, but she managed to escape his grip.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

• No new reports.

Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.


• Dec. 13, 11904 Cortez Road W., Beach Shop, theft. A store employee witnessed two males enter the store and steal several items. She told police she thought one man was armed. She supplied police a description of the suspect’s vehicle and surveillance video of the theft.

Cortez is policed by the MCSO.

Holmes Beach

• Dec. 16, 5300 block of Marina Drive, DUI. A 68-year-old Holmes Beach man was arrested for misdemeanor driving under the influence after being involved in a parking lot crash. A Holmes Beach Police Department officer contacted a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy when he suspected the at-fault driver of being impaired. The deputy approached the driver and observed that he was exposing himself. The deputy inquired of the driver, who mumbled a response. The deputy performed a field sobriety test on Joseph Reid and he allegedly failed. According to the report, the test had to be halted due to Reid’s inability to stand without falling. Reid was arrested and booked into the Manatee County jail and held on $500 bond. He posted bond and was released.

• Dec. 7, 200 block of 56th Street, stolen vehicle. A complainant reported she heard a vehicle starting up outside the residence, but assumed it was the neighbors. The next day she observed the vehicle missing and reported it stolen. Police were told that a spare key is hidden inside the vehicle and it was left unlocked. The vehicle was located Dec. 11 in the 500 block of 71st Street and returned to its owner.

• Dec. 8, 4500 block of Second Avenue, vehicle burglary. An unknown person entered an unlocked vehicle and ransacked it. Nothing was reported missing.

• Dec. 8, 200 block of Harbor Drive South, vehicle burglary. Someone entered an unlocked vehicle and stole $5 in cash.

• Dec. 8, 3200 block of Sixth Avenue, stolen vehicle. A complainant reported that someone stole her golf cart valued at $1,500 from a parking area underneath her elevated home. On Dec. 12, a neighbor reported seeing the golf cart in the 7500 block of Marina Drive. Police investigated, but the cart did not match the complete description provided. After several attempts, police were able to locate the victim, who said the cart belonged to her. Fingerprints were secured and the cart was returned to its owner.

• Dec. 10, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach, vehicle burglary. A complainant reported someone entered his vehicle and stole a backpack. It contained all of his identification, credit cards and $30 cash.

• Dec. 11, 3700 block of East Bay Drive, theft. A complainant reported a bicycle valued at $700 had been stolen from his garage. A lock was cut to gain access to the bike, which was located about a block away and had been damaged.

• Dec. 11, 500 block of 75th Street, burglary. An unknown person entered a house under construction and stole copper wire valued at $1,000.

• Dec. 12, 3800 block of East Bay Drive, theft. Someone entered the complainant’s carport and stole two bikes valued at $700. A witness observed a man taking one of the bikes, but assumed it was a guest of the victim. A description of the suspect was provided.

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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