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Man pleads not guilty to car burglary

By Merab-Michal Favorite, Islander Reporter

A man charged with stealing a GPS device from a car parked in a Bradenton Beach driveway has pleaded not guilty.

Erik Hall, 25, entered the plea Feb. 4, court records show.

Hall faces charges of unarmed burglary of an unoccupied conveyance Jan. 28, after he allegedly took a Garmin GPS device from a vehicle in the 2500 block of Avenue B in Bradenton Beach.

A woman told Bradenton Beach police officers that she heard a car door close from her driveway around 9 p.m. and upon investigation, found her Garmin GPS was missing, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Another person who lived on the property told police he saw Hall walking past his apartment with something in his hand.

After speaking with the woman, the man confronted and forcibly took the GPS from Hall and returned it, but it was damaged.

Police located and arrested Hall a few blocks from where the burglary occurred, in the 3300 block of East Bay Drive in Holmes Beach.

Hall posted a $1,500 bond and was released.

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