With kudos to CrimeStoppers and an alert public, the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office arrested the five suspects in the July 17 burglaries at Galati Yacht Sales in Anna Maria.
MCSO arrested Tyler Hollingshead, 23, of Bradenton, Aug. 12 on three counts of burglary and one count of armed burglary.
Jacob Bennett, 18, of Bradenton, was arrested Aug. 17 on four counts of burglary, one count of dealing in stolen property and one count of giving false information to a pawn dealer.
Three juveniles from Bradenton were also charged in the burglaries. Dave Bristow, MCSO public information director, said Jared Bennett, 16, Jacob Young, 17, and Louis Byers, 15, were charged with multiple felonies.
An MCSO release of Galati’s surveillance video led to tipsters identifying the suspects.
“Going public with the video helped a lot,” MSCO Sgt. Russ Schnering said, crediting Galati’s “outstanding security system” and the detectives who “put it altogether.” Schnering heads the MCSO-Anna Maria substation and oversees law enforcement in the city.
In a probable cause affidavit, MCSO Detective Christopher DeLuca stated an anonymous CrimeStoppers tip led police to a phone call with Hollingshead.
After an Aug. 12 tip identified Hollingshead from the video, MCSO arrested him at his residence in the 900 block of 61st Avenue Terrace East, the report stated.
The break-ins occurred along South Bay Boulevard at Galati’s where the four yachts were dry-docked — a cruiser, a sailing Dakota, a 42-foot Viking Yacht and 60-foot Maritimo, the report stated.
Numerous drawers were pulled out, beds were flipped and cushions overturned, according to DeLuca’s report. A glass door was allegedly broken to make entry to the Dakota.
The surveillance video show the suspects, arriving in a white van, and carrying the stolen goods, including a shotgun, pistol and other items to the van before leaving the scene.