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Date of Issue: October 07, 2009

Burglary suspect faces added charge

A man arrested in a series of burglaries to Island businesses is now accused of burglarizing an east Bradenton business in 2007.



The complaint connected to the two-year-old burglary was filed in court last week and alleges that Patrick S. Banker, 18, burglarized a business in the 2200 block of 60th Drive East, Bradenton, on Dec. 9, 2007.

 A Manatee County Sheriff’s Office affidavit states that Banker “pried and pulled” a metal wall away to gain access to the business.

Authorities recently compared a thumb print collected at the scene to fingerprints now on file for Banker.

“The latent impression left at the scene was made by the right thumb of Patrick Banker,” the affidavit states.

Banker, who also is accused of committing multiple burglaries on Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key and in Bradenton, is set for trial at the end of this year.

A second man, John O’Keefe, 18 of Sarasota, also faces charges of burglary and is scheduled to go to trial next February.

Both men were arrested May 19 after MCSO Deputy Alan Judy observed signs of a break-in at the Waterfront Restaurant. Both men were arrested fleeing from the area, according to authorities.

Police said Banker confessed to a number of the burglaries, including break-ins at the Beach Bistro in Holmes Beach, the City Pier Restaurant in Anna Maria and Rotten Ralph’s in Bradenton Beach.

He also allegedly implicated O’Keefe in some of the burglaries.

Recently filed documents with the Manatee County Circuit Court list evidence in the case the state attorney’s office is building against Banker.

Evidence includes witness statements, warrants, police investigation reports, property, video, a taped statement from Banker and a paper signed by Banker waiving his right to refuse to talk with police.

Potential witnesses for the state attorney include local law enforcement officers, as well as owners and employees of the burglarized businesses.