Island police blotter – 05-23-2012

Anna Maria

• May 12, 100 Cedar Ave., petit theft. A complainant reported her father’s memorial bench was missing, telling a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy the last time it was seen was May 6. The bench was later located at the Willow Avenue beach access, a block north of its former location. However, the memorial plaque was missing from the bench.

• May 8, 200 block of Gladiolus Street, grand theft. A complainant reported that several items were stolen from her home. At press time, the MSCO deputy reported he had not yet received all of the information from the victim.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

• May 12, 5100 block of Cortez Road, warrant. A 42-year-old Bradenton Beach woman was arrested on outstanding warrants after attempting to take a cab from the Clam Factory following a night of drinking. Upon arriving home, the woman told the cab driver she could not find any money and asked to be taken back to her vehicle. En route back to the Clam Factory, the driver was ordered by his dispatcher to stop and contact law enforcement. A MSCO deputy attempted to resolve the situation on scene. The woman offered to pay the $17 fare by check, but doing so was against the taxi company’s policy. She then attempted to borrow the money from the deputy, offering a credit card, which was declined. The deputy did a record check and found two active warrants, one each from Polk and Brevard counties. She was taken into custody on the warrants and charged with petit theft.

• May 16, 117 Bridge St., domestic battery. Police responded to a call of domestic violence at the Sports Lounge. While en route to the call, a police officer observed a woman fitting the description of the suspect. The officer made contact with the woman, who did not initially want to cooperate, but reported to the officer that she and her husband had been arguing. Police made contact with the husband at the Sports Lounge, and he said they had been arguing all day. Upon exiting the establishment, the husband noticed his car had been damaged. His wife allegedly admitted she had run into her husband’s vehicle with her own. She then reportedly said she was going to drive her vehicle into a building, at which time the husband called 911. The woman also was alleged to have slapped her husband in the face before leaving the scene on foot. She was charged with misdemeanor domestic battery.

Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.

• No new reports.
Cortez is policed by the MCSO

Holmes Beach

• May 13, 600 Manatee Ave., theft. A witness reported a male and female taking a kayak from Westbay Cove condominiums. The witness reported to police that he didn’t want to report it right away, thinking the female may have been the victim’s sister. Upon contacting the victim, it was discovered that the person taking the kayak was unknown. The kayak had been locked to a post, but the lock was cut.

• May 10, 6300 Flotilla Drive, petit theft. A male complainant reported a woman’s teal-and-white 26-inch Schwinn Cruiser bicycle stolen. He had rented the bike and left it outside of his condo.

• May 10, 200 block of 85th Street, vehicle burglary. A complainant reported someone had stolen his GPS unit from his unlocked vehicle. Finger prints were secured at the scene.

• May 10, 5400 Marina Drive, drugs. A 24-year-old Bradenton man was arrested for possession of marijuana and knowingly driving on a suspended license. Michael Bergbreiter Piazza was stopped by police after the officer noticed an expired tag. Upon approaching the vehicle, the officer reported smelling burnt marijuana. Piazza was secured at the scene and gave permission for officers to search the vehicle, where they found .09 grams of marijuana, 16 oxycodone pills, five morphine pills and 1.5 bars of Xanax. The report did not indicate if the suspect had a prescription but, as of press time, had only been charged with driving while license suspended and misdemeanor marijuana possession.

• May 11, 6101 Marina Drive, criminal mischief. While on routine patrol, a Holmes Beach police officer noticed two broken window panes at Island Real Estate. A brick was found inside the business. The damage was estimated at $200.

• May 9, 5800 block of Marina Drive, theft. A female complainant reported a bicycle stolen from her front yard. She told police she typically locks the bike up, but had not done so the previous night. It is described as a red, 21-speed Raleigh with a white basket.

• May 11, 3700 block of Gulf Drive, vehicle burglary. A mother and daughter reported the passenger side window of their vehicle had been broken and both of their purses were stolen. The value of items was listed at $630. Finger prints were secured at the scene.

• May 11, 3700 block of Gulf Drive, vehicle burglary. A female complainant reported her rear side window had been broken. Her purse and a friend’s purse had been stolen. The total value of items stolen was $750. Finger prints were secured at the scene.

• April 29, 500 block of 68th Street, burglary. A complainant reported a burglary to her residence where a silverware set valued at $1,500 had been stolen. Police observed a possible entry point at the rear sliding-glass door and secured finger prints at the scene.

• May 12, 5410 Marina Drive, battery. A woman reported being punched in the face by another woman while at D.Coy Ducks. Witnesses interviewed at the scene told police the two women had been arguing, and confirmed that one woman did punch the other before leaving the establishment. The woman was identified and cited for misdemeanor battery.

• May 12, 4000 Gulf Drive, disturbance. Police were called to a disturbance where a woman reported that her juvenile brother had been hit by a car during a dispute over a parking space. A second female was accused of hitting the boy, but told police she had been waiting for the parking place and, as she began to pull in, the boy ran into the space to hold it for his sister. The woman reported the boy had slammed his fists on her hood when she told him he could not save the parking space. Witnesses on the scene verified the woman’s story of the boy hitting the car, and the sister and brother were asked to leave the beach parking lot.

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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