Island police blotter – 02-20-2013

Anna Maria

        • Feb. 9 400 block of Magnolia Avenue, domestic disturbance. While driving in Anna Maria, a woman driver and a younger male in the back seat began to argue. The woman drove from Anna Maria to the Holmes Beach Police Department with the intention of having the younger man evaluated under the Baker Act. Since the incident began in Anna Maria, HBPD contacted the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy determined no crime was committed and the male did not appear to pose a threat to himself. Domestic packets were issued.

• Feb. 8, 2911 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton, Wal-Mart, shoplifting. A 23-year-old Anna Maria woman was arrested after attempting to leave the store with three fishing reels valued at $249. According to the probable cause affidavit, the woman pulled a Wal-Mart bag from her purse, placed the reels into the bag and attempted to leave through the garden department. Loss prevention stopped the woman and an MCSO deputy arrived to take her into custody.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

        • Feb. 10, 100 block of Ninth Street South, vehicle burglary. A complainant went to the Bradenton Beach Police Department to report a vehicle burglary. Unknown persons gained entry into an unlocked tool box and took a manifold gauge set valued at $1,000.

• Feb. 10, 2500 block of Gulf Drive North, trespassing. A BBPD officer made contact with a man, who was using a port-a-potty on a construction site. The man was told he was not allowed to be on the property, at which time he became confrontational. According to the report, the man told the officer that his Sarasota attorney told him what he could and couldn’t do, and that he knew is rights. The man was trespassed from the property.

• Feb. 11, 100 block of 13th Street South, theft. A complainant reported that two bicycles valued at $250 were taken from his yard.

• Feb. 8, 200 S. Bay Drive S., theft. A man reported his homemade boat had been taken from the dinghy dock. The man provided police with a name of a suspect who allegedly had taken the boat previously without permission. He told police he had witnesses that saw the suspect take and then sink the boat.

• Feb. 9, 111 Second St. N., Tingley Memorial Library, trespass warning. A BBPD officer made contact with a man sleeping on the deck of the library near the entrance. According to the report, the same man had been trespassed from city hall for sleeping on the benches. The man gave a similar story to the prior incident by stating he had fallen asleep while waiting on the bus. Police trespassed the man from all city properties. The man said he understood that if he was caught sleeping on city property again he would be arrested.

        Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.


• Feb. 2, 4500 block of 124th Street West, theft. A man, who was just released from jail, reported he gave sets of house keys to three neighbors while he was in custody to take his dogs out. The complainant reported that while in jail, someone had stolen several items from his house. An MCSO deputy reported the complainant to be intoxicated and the report to be “suspicious and inconsistent” in nature. The neighbors with keys could not be identified, and there were no witnesses to the alleged theft.

        Cortez is policed by the MCSO.

Holmes Beach

        Feb. 7, 2900 block of Avenue E, fraud. A complainant told HBPD that she rented a house and paid a $1,280 deposit to Coastline Accommodations in December. She made a few more inquiries after the deposit check was cashed and spoke to a man who claimed he never received the money. The complainant made several attempts to have her deposit refunded, but the suspect never returned phone calls or email inquiries. She arrived in February to report the incident to police. Police discovered the man moved his business, but did not leave a forwarding address. After checking with the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, police learned that several complaints had been filed against the company for double booking and renting properties not under the control of Coastline Accommodations. The victim said she would prosecute when the suspect was located.

• Feb. 7, 600 block Key Royale Drive, theft. A man set out a bag of safety gear for friends, who were using his boat. The bag was left at the dock for them. When his friends returned, they informed him that they never saw the bag. The items inside were valued at $250.

• Feb. 9, 5000 block of Marina Drive, DWLS-habitual. A 43-year-old Bradenton man was arrested for driving while license suspended-habitual. According to the probable cause affidavit, an HBPD officer stopped the man for expired registration. A check of his license revealed it was suspended in 2010 for multiple unpaid traffic citations.

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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