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Date of Issue: June 30, 2010

HBPD officers make purse-snatching arrest

Holmes Beach Police Officers June 21 arrested two Manatee County residents on robbery charges, according to an HBPD report.

Toni Gilletto, 25, of 34th Avenue West in Bradenton, was charged with principal to robbery by sudden snatching and was transported to the Manatee County jail.

Thomas Wogatzke, 26, of Ellenton, was charged with accessory to robbery by sudden snatching and also was taken to jail.

HBPD officers responded to Jessie’s Island Store, 5424 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, in reference to a stolen purse complaint June 21.

Someone entered the store and reached behind the service counter, stole a purse and fled the store, according to the report.

Alert witnesses obtained a vehicle description and tag number. HBPD officer Brian Copeman stopped the vehicle later that day and made the arrest.