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Date of Issue: June 03, 2009

String of holiday car burglaries in Bradenton Beach

Bradenton Beach Police worked seven car burglaries on Memorial Day weekend.

Three of the reports came from the 1100 block of Gulf Drive North. There were single auto burglaries in cars at the 2000 block of Gulf Drive North, one in the 100 block of 22nd Street and one in the 2300 block of Gulf Drive.

There was also a burglary and aggravated assault at Tortuga Inn, 1325 Gulf Drive N.

“They appear to be crimes of opportunity,” said Chief Sam Speciale. “People go on vacation and they forget the safety tips. They don’t lock their vehicles. They get into the holiday spirit and forget the safety rules.

“People need to remember when they go on vacation to take their valuables out of their cars,” he added. “Put them in a room safe, if offered, or ask the desk clerk to put them in the office safe. You can’t let your guard down when you’re on vacation.”

Investigation in all burglaries is ongoing, Speciale added.