March 24, Gulf Drive and Magnolia Avenue, marijuana. Two bags of marijuana and a roach, weighing a total of 19.2 grams, were confiscated by Manatee County sheriff’s deputies during the arrest of a 24-year-old Bradenton man driving a black truck in an erratic manner. A deputy observed the motorist failing to maintain a single lane, swerving into a bike lane and running a stop sign. His wife was called to drive the truck.
March 26, 700 block of Jacaranda Road, bicycle theft.
A bike was stolen after a renter left it overnight in a driveway. Attached to the bicycle was a pink sticker, reading “#HI.”
Anna Maria is policed by MCSO.
March 28, Coquina Park, 2650 Gulf Drive S., Marchman Act. While on beach patrol, a Bradenton Beach police officer observed a 49-year-old man stumbling. The officer took him to a medical facility after determining the man could not take care of himself.
March 31, 100 block of Fourth Street North and Highland Avenue, marijuana/paraphernalia. Two 19-year-old males were arrested for possessing about 53 grams of marijuana and a marijuana pipe after an officer followed a suspicious vehicle. The officer stopped the motorist, noticed a strong odor of cannabis and searched the car. After police read their Miranda rights, both men said the drug was theirs.
Cortez is policed by MCSO.
March 28, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, trespass. The manager trespassed three men after they allegedly harassed some female patrons and carried alcoholic beverages into the cafe. Police reported the men were listed on a law enforcement database as violent sexual predators. One man told a Holmes Beach police officer he made a comment to a girl who he had observed adjusting her bikini top.
March 29, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, vehicle burglaries. Two break-ins were reported in the parking lot, where car windows were broken and purses and money were taken. One purse was found in the 100 block of 33rd Street and returned to its owner.
March 20, beach access and 68th Street, camping. A 52-year-old Alabama man was found sleeping. He gathered his belongings and left after police cited him for violating the ordinance against camping on the beach.
March 31, 200 block of 81st Street, noise. At 10:27 p.m., police were dispatched for a loud, large party. Due to the excessive noise, no one answered when police rang the doorbell and knocked at the front door. Officers walked to the backyard, where a man identified himself as the homeowner. He told police the party was a wedding reception. The homeowner advised he’d bring everyone inside. Police issued him a citation.
April 1, 2900 block of Avenue E, theft. A 21-speed mountain bicycle left unsecured in the front yard was stolen sometime during a man’s 30-minute trip to the beach to watch the sunset. The bike was valued at $500.
April 1, CVS, 611 Manatee Ave., missing/recovered person. Holmes Beach police received a report of a missing person. A Bradenton man told authorities his autistic son called for a ride from CVS, but when the man arrived, the son had left. HBPD issued an alert to other agencies about the missing person and contacted Verizon, which pinged the son’s cellphone. After several hours, Manatee County sheriff’s deputies found him walking on El Conquistador Parkway in Bradenton and a family member was called to take him home.
April 3, 200 block of 66th Street, battery. A Holmes Beach officer responded to a complaint about a neighbor throwing an aluminum chair at a woman. No injuries were observed and the woman declined medical treatment. A request was sent to the state attorney to review the case for possible charges.
Holmes Beach is policed by HBPD.
Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives from the BBPD, HBPD and MCSO.