Car burglar lands in jail

A man found guilty in three Holmes Beach vehicle burglaries and a Longboat Key bicycle theft was sentenced to 300 days in Manatee County jail.

Justin J. Flynn, 25, formerly of Bradenton Beach and Palm City, entered no-contest pleas in 12th Judicial Circuit Court to three vehicle break-ins in July 2015 and an earlier bicycle theft.

Although sentenced in October 2015, Flynn has been in jail since July 24, 2015, when Holmes Beach Police Department found him walking down 69th Street with a stolen carton of Marlboro cigarettes and connected him to a 72nd Street vehicle burglary.

In August, the prosecutor amended charges against Flynn to include two additional Holmes Beach vehicle burglaries July 23-24. Six packs of Marlboros and $20 were stolen from the vehicles on Clark Drive.

In jail, Flynn was served with a warrant for stealing a bicycle June 3 from a Gulf Side Road beach access in Longboat Key.

Flynn also was charged, pleaded no contest and found guilty in a misdemeanor trespass case in 12th Judicial Circuit Court. He was sentenced in August 2015 to 30 days in jail. That case began with Flynn’s arrest in May when HBPD discovered him floating in a pool without permission on Avenue E.

Fined in all cases, Flynn still owes $376 from the trespass.

For the felony burglaries and theft, Flynn was assessed $418 court costs plus $100 cost of prosecution and $200 for police investigative costs as well as $50 restitution to the bicycle owner.

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