HBPD makes arrest in Tide and Moon burglary
The Holmes Beach Police Department on March 18 arrested Derek Lauterbach, 27, for allegedly burglarizing the Tide and Moon jewelry store in the AMI Plaza in Holmes Beach Dec. 18.
According to a HBPD press release, the arrest was the result of DNA evidence that identified Lauterbach as the perpetrator of the crime.
Chief Jay Romine said Lauterbach was a suspect from the beginning, but they awaited DNA results from blood evidence found in the store to make the arrest.
Lauterbach was arrested at the Manatee County jail, where he is currently awaiting process on charges of burglary, criminal mischief and resisting arrest, stemming from a Feb. 12 incident in Bradenton. He was further charged with violation of probation on Feb. 19.
“First and foremost, I want to thank the Holmes Beach Police Department for sticking with the case and making the arrest, seeing it through, and I’m just thrilled they arrested him,” said Tide and Moon owner Laura Schely. “And I’m hopefully going to see him prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”
On Feb. 12, Lauterbach was arrested for allegedly attempting to steal nitrous oxide from a business complex housing dentists at 4600 Manatee Ave. W. Lauterbach faces charges of burglary of an unoccupied structure, felony criminal mischief, grand theft, and resisting arrest without violence.
On the morning of Dec. 18, Schely’s store was broken into and numerous items were stolen. Also there was damage to her fixtures, displays and other items. The burglar also targeted retail stores near the corner of Gulf and Marina drives, taking cash and merchandise. AMI Fitness, Mister Roberts Resortwear and the Color of Coconut, across Gulf Drive from Tide and Moon, all were burglarized before 7 a.m.
At the time, Romine called it a “huge sign of the times.”
Schely said she was particularly devastated by the loss of merchandise.
Schely said it’s been a long three months, but she did not give up hope that the HBPD would make an arrest.
On March 5, the HBPD executed at Lauterbach’s Holmes Beach residence and found two pipes, a box that contained Q-tips with white powder, and other tools that apparently were used to crush pills, according to a police report. The drugs allegedly belonged to Lauterbach, and charges also are pending for possession of drug paraphernalia.
“At this point, I don’t know what my rights as the victim are,” Schely said. “But whatever hoops I have to jump through, I’m going to see him get the maximum sentence I can have stuck to him.”