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Date of Issue: May 13, 2009

Burglars target Island businesses

A team of law enforcement officers is investigating a series of burglaries to Anna Maria Island businesses.

“We’re working them pretty hard,” said Manatee County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. John Kenney, who supervises the Anna Maria substation.

The MCSO officers assigned to patrol Anna Maria are working with MCSO detectives, as well as the Holmes Beach Police Department.

On May 8, Kenney said someone broke into Two Sides of Nature in Anna Maria through a window at Two Scoops Ice Cream and stole about $1,600 in merchandise.

Also, on May 1, the Waterfront Restaurant, 110 S. Bay Blvd., was the target of a burglary.

Two people entered the restaurant May 1 after they “broke a piece of molding using a pry bar and neatly removed a large piece of glass, placing the glass on a stockade fence,” according to a report from the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

The thieves took $4,000 from a safe, the report indicated.

“There is video and we are following up on leads. We do have several leads and we are hopeful we are going to bring this to a successful conclusion,” Kenney said.

He also said the break-ins this month might be connected to others burglaries.

“We’re not sure,” Kenney said. “We didn’t have any burglaries and now all of a sudden we are having a rash of them.”

On April 13, the Beach Bistro, 6600 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, was burglarized by thieves who entered through a side door and took cash from the register.

On March 29, thieves broke into an office on the Anna Maria City Pier and took the safe and its contents.

Also, on Feb. 1, Feb. 1, the Acqua Aveda Spa in Holmes Beach was the target of a burglary. Someone broke the glass door and took $1,185 and a blank check.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office at 941-747-3011 or Crime Stoppers at 866-634-TIPS.