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Date of Issue: June 25, 2008

Toy theft results in arrest

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Michael Lee Brown, 36

Holmes Beach Police arrested a man June 15 for stealing a stuffed toy, a Beanie Baby.

According to the HBPD, Michael Lee Brown, 36, of 6401 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, burglarized a vehicle and a residence in the 300 block of 65th Street, Holmes Beach.

Brown allegedly called a woman to say he had gone into her house without her knowledge. The burglaries occurred on June 14 at about 6 p.m.

When the HBPD first questioned Brown, he refused to talk. However, on June 15, Brown went to the HBPD office and said he had taken a Beanie Baby that he believed belonged to him from the victim's vehicle. He also told HBPD Officer Michael Leonard that he broke a lizard decoration inside the residence.

Brown was arrested and charged with burglary to a dwelling and burglary to a vehicle.

Mike Quinn is publisher of NewsManatee.com, a news partner with The Islander.