Shoplifting arrest leads to drug charges against HB man

A 42-year-old Holmes Beach man faces multiple felony drug charges after being arrested for shoplifting at Kmart, 7350 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Michael Fitzpatrick, 4500 block of Gulf Drive, was observed by a loss prevention officer at the store’s jewelry counter taking off his watch and replacing it with a new one.

Fitzpatrick allegedly went to the register to pay for several other items, but attempted to leave the store without paying for the watch. The loss prevention officer had already contacted the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office and a deputy was waiting for Fitzpatrick outside the store.

He was placed under arrest for petit theft. The watch was valued at $30.

During a search of Fitzpatrick, the deputy allegedly found a bag containing .07 grams of a powder that field-tested positive for methamphetamine.

According to the report, the deputy also found a pill bottle containing 20 morphine pills and 29 doses of oxycodone.

Fitzpatrick allegedly said he had a prescription for the pills, but keeps them in a different bottle to avoid getting robbed. The reports states he then told deputies that he did not know the methamphetamine was in his shorts, saying the shorts he was wearing were not his.

He was booked into the Manatee County jail on misdemeanor petit theft, felony possession of methamphetamine and two counts of felony possession of a controlled substance and held on more than $3,000 bond.

According to jail records, Fitzpatrick posted bond Jan. 29 and was released.

He is scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

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