Cortez man arrested for stealing boating gear

Fingerprints in a shed where fishing gear was stolen led to the arrest of a Cortez man.

Matthew Bustamante, 27, of Cortez, was arrested May 5 by Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputies on a warrant for a March burglary in the 4400 block of 102nd Street of Cortez.

A generator, boat motor and fishing poles valued at $6,000 were reported stolen from a shed.

MCSO investigators allegedly matched Bustamante’s prints at the shed’s entry and on the stolen items.

Bustamante denied entering the shed or taking any poles.

He posted a $1,500 bond and was released pending arraignment June 5 at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

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