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Island police blotter – 01-29-2014

Anna Maria

        • Jan. 13, 800 block of South Bay Boulevard, burglary. An unknown person entered a construction site and stole a spool of copper wire, as well as about 25 feet of installed copper wiring. The value of the wire was estimated to be $440.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

        • Jan. 23, 300 block of Bay Drive North, discharge of a firearm in public. A 55-year-old Bradenton Beach man was charged with two misdemeanor crimes after discharging a 9-mm handgun from his condominium balcony into Sarasota Bay. According to the report, the man made several statements to his girlfriend about harming himself. The woman dropped him off at his residence and, while leaving, heard a single gunshot. Fearing he carried out his threats, she called the Bradenton Beach Police Department. Holmes Beach and BBPD responded and officers made contact with the man, who allegedly admitted to being intoxicated and firing the weapon. He was charged with discharging a firearm in public and using a firearm while intoxicated. He was arrested and taken to Manatee Glens for evaluation. While at the home, police confiscated a second weapon.

        Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.

Cortez

• Jan. 19, 10315 Cortez Road W., Paradise Bay Estates, criminal mischief. A security guard noticed a hose leading to the Bocce court and found it running water onto the court, which is made of a special kind of sand. Police tracked the hose back to a nearby resident, who denied any knowledge of the incident. He also refused to cooperate further. The water created a hole in the court and damages were estimated at $500.

• Jan. 18, 4528 119th St. W., Swordfish Grill parking lot, vehicle burglary. An unknown person broke out a car window. Several items were taken and some were found nearby, although emptied of contents.

• Jan. 21, 3300 block of 53rd Avenue East, Bradenton, petit theft. A 53-year-old Cortez man was arrested for petit theft after taking a cab from Cortez to the listed address. According to the report, the man told the driver his friend was going to pay the fare when they arrived, but once they drove to the area, the suspect was unable to locate his friend’s residence. The driver demanded the suspect pay the $77 fare. When he was unable to pay, the driver contacted MCSO and the suspect was placed under arrest.

        Cortez is policed by the MCSO

Holmes Beach

• Dec. 29, 200 block of 78th Street, burglary. A complainant reported evidence of someone living in an unoccupied rental unit. Police found discarded cigarette butts, clothing and other items that did not belong there. There also were two bikes parked at the rear of the property. Police confiscated the items and secured fingerprints at the scene.

• Dec. 29, 700 block of Manatee Avenue West, DUI. A MCSO deputy made contact with an alleged drunken driver. According to the probable cause affidavit, when a deputy asked Paul Wood, 56, of Bradenton, if he had been drinking, the man allegedly said, “A lot.” He failed a field sobriety test and was arrested for driving under the influence.

• Jan. 1, 100 block of 78th Street, burglary. A woman observed a suspicious looking man loitering near her property. She said he walked toward the building several times and then disappeared from sight. She later went downstairs to prepare a unit for visitors, at which time she observed someone had been sleeping there. The suspect also had arranged the patio furniture. Police located several cigarette butts and clothing that did not belong there. According to the report, the items were similar to those found a block away three days earlier at another residence.

• Jan. 2, 100 block of 51st Street, burglary. A woman reported 12 rings missing from her jewelry box. Police investigated the scene and found two screens that were tampered with, but could not verify a point of entry.

• Jan. 2, 300 block of 85th Street, burglary. A man reported that he filled his boat up with gas the day before and on his return, the tank was empty. He valued the gas at $120.

        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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