Island police blotter
Dec. 10, 9400 Gulf Drive, driving on a suspended license. The deputy observed a man he knew to have a suspended driver’s license, driving south on Gulf Drive. The deputy stopped and arrested the driver for driving on a suspended license.
No new reports.
Dec. 7, 4000 Gulf Drive, burglary of a vehicle. An officer was dispatched to a woman who stated that someone smashed a window in her Lexus and removed a wallet, a leopard-print bag, and several miscellaneous CDs. The wallet contained $9 and several credit cards, she said. The vehicle was parked on the south side of a parking area at the public beach.
Dec. 8, 4000 Gulf Drive, larceny/theft. A complainant came to the Holmes Beach Police Department to report a burglary to his vehicle. He stated that his Apple MacBook computer was taken while he was at the Manatee Public Beach. Complainant said he received a call from his stepson, who asked to borrow $100. The complainant agreed, and the two met at the public beach at 2:30 p.m. The stepson was on his bicycle. The complainant said he gave his stepson $100, and then went to use the bathroom. The complainant said that while he was walking to the bathroom, he saw his stepson ride off with his laptop. The complainant tried to follow his stepson, but lost sight of him. The stepson was charged with burglary and grand theft.
Dec. 10, 4100 block of Fourth Avenue, larceny/theft. The victim reported that he witnessed a man operate a backhoe tractor and dig up a palm tree on his property. The suspect moved the tree to the rear of the property and began trying to remove another tree when he broke an underground water line near the tree. The tree was 20-25 feet tall and valued at more than $1,000, according to the report. The victim identified the suspect to the officer. Charges of grand theft are pending.
Dec.10, 31 Sea Side Court, theft. Officer was dispatched to a resident when the complainant said someone took an umbrella, valued at $50, from his backyard. The victim said the only people he’d seen in the area that evening were three fishers. The officer searched the area and checked two boat ramps, but did not locate any suspects or the umbrella.