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Date of Issue: December 02, 2009

Holmes Beach man, 48, arrested for burglary


Andrew Gassman, 48, was arrested Nov. 21 for allegedly burglarizing a structure.

Police were dispatched to the 2900 block of Gulf Drive that afternoon, according to a Holmes Beach Police Department arrest report. Officer Cliff Boltwood found that the rear entrance of the residence as forced open. Inside was Gassman’s medical bracelet, medication and some Publix grocery bags.

Another officer arrived at the Publix on East Bay Drive and found Gassman at work as a deli clerk. Gassman told the officer he had been provided a key and was allowed to stay in the house.

But on telling Gassman about law enforcement’s observance of the forced rear entry, Gassman said he broke that key and that he took another key from the house, where he had been staying for a week.

Mike Quinn, publisher of and a news partner of The Islander, contributed to this report.