Island police blotter – 04-25-2012

Anna Maria

• April 3, 402 Pine Ave., theft. A Crime Stoppers tip was provided to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office regarding some items stolen from the Anna Maria Historical Society. A deputy made contact with the museum director and provided her with a list of items to check. After a search for the items, the director confirmed they were missing. The investigation continues.

• April 9, 200 block of Chilson Avenue, ordinance violation. A complainant contacted MSCO about construction noise after 10 p.m. Upon arrival, the deputy made contact with the foreman of a crew working on a seawall and informed him that city ordinance prohibits construction work after 7 p.m. The foreman said Anna Maria public works director George McKay approved the nighttime work due to it having to be done during low tide. The deputy contacted McKay, who confirmed the approval. The deputy gave the complainant an option to file a complaint, but it was declined.

• April 3, intersection of Gulf Drive and Magnolia Avenue, contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Two adults allegedly supplied a 13-year-old female under their supervision with alcohol. The MSCO deputy made contact with the two adult males, who denied the allegations. Two witnesses to the incident swore out affidavits. The girl’s mother was contacted and gave verbal permission for a family member to take the juvenile home. Emergency responders were called to the scene and the girl was medically cleared and allowed to leave with the family member.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

• April 14, 1800 Gulf Drive S., found bone. During the Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves Market event, a vendor discovered what appeared to be a partial jaw bone with three molars intact. The vendor left the area with the bone and contacted MSCO April 18. The bone was secured by deputies and turned over to a crime scene technician for analysis.

• April 18, 100 Highland Ave., DUI. A Bradenton Beach man was charged with driving while license suspended and driving under the influence, according to a MSCO report. James Gallery, 26, was arrested and booked into the Manatee County jail and held on a total of $6,000 in bond.

• April 13, 2500 block of Avenue B, domestic disturbance. Police responded to a domestic disturbance call to find a couple engaged in a verbal dispute. The male was asked to leave the house for the night.

• April 15, 2500 block of Gulf Drive North, vehicle burglary. Several items were reported stolen from an unlocked vehicle.

• April 17, 120 Bridge St., Drift In, trespass warning. A female customer at the bar was issued a trespass warning for creating a disturbance.

• April 14, 400 Gulf Drive S., theft. A group of juveniles went to Cortez Beach and upon arriving home, one of the youths discovered his iPod missing from his vehicle. The complainant reported it stolen and told police that his friends had been in possession of his car keys.

Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.


• March 7, 4000 block of Marina Court, theft. A female complainant reported her jewelry stolen. According to the MSCO report, the complainant suspected the cleaning crew.

Cortez is policed by the MCSO

Holmes Beach

• April 12, 100 block of 31st Street, drugs. A Lake Placid woman was arrested on felony possession of a controlled substance. According to the arrest report, Whitney Bush, 20, was found with one Adderol pill inside another bottle of pills. She also was found to have three small bags of marijuana in her possession. Bush was charged with misdemeanor possession for the marijuana and felony for the Adderol possession. She was scheduled for arraignment May 11.

• April 11, 4000 Gulf Drive S., assist Manatee County Marine Rescue. A Holmes Beach police officer reported he responded to a 9-1-1 hang-up call at Manatee Public Beach in reference to a man in distress in the water. Upon arriving, the officer made contact with lifeguards on the scene. The man was brought safely to shore.

• April 11, 4100 block of Sixth Avenue, suspicious incident. A female reported to police that a suspicious package had arrived to her home. The package, addressed to her son, was from Hong Kong. The mother opened the package in front of the officer and discovered a sealed foil package inside. In the foil were two small, pink, pentagon-shaped pills “with a strange design on them,” according to the report. The pills were secured for identification.

• April 15, 400 block of 75th Street, criminal mischief. A complainant reported a damaged mailbox valued at $100. According to the report, the mailbox appeared to have been pushed over by a vehicle.

Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.

Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives from the Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach police departments and Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

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