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Date of Issue: June 22, 2006

Suspects arrested in Holmes Beach burglary

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Holmes Beach burglary suspects James Davidson, top, and Ricky Graef, bottom, both of Orlando.

Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested two men early Thursday morning in connection with a Holmes Beach burglary the previous day after a high-speed chase on Cortez Road resulted in the suspects crashing their stolen vehicle near 107th Street West.

James E. Davidson, 29, and Ricky Lee Graef, 30, both from Orlando, were arrested by deputies and charged with grand theft and other crimes.

The Holmes Beach Police Department reported on the afternoon of June 14 that a burglary had taken place in the 200 block of 77th Street in which a computer, stereo, camera, cash and other items were taken.

On June 15, MCSO deputies observed a stolen vehicle on Cortez Road around 4 a.m. A pursuit ensued, resulting in the vehicle crashing near a motor home park on Cortez Road. The occupants of the vehicle were Davidson and Graef, who were both placed under arrest.

A number of property items of unknown ownership were discovered in the vehicle and the victim of the burglary was called to the scene of the accident where the property was identified.