MCSO arrests Cortezian in fishing net theft

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Timothy Lee Thompson, 53

A theft in Cortez has been tied to a man found on a deserted island.

Manatee County Sheriff’s Office arrested Timothy Lee Thompson, 53, of Cortez, June 27 for stealing a Cortez commercial fisherman’s seine nets.

The nets went missing two days earlier from a boat docked in the 12400 block of 42nd Avenue Drive West.

MCSO Deputy Daniel Hearn and Sgt. Russell Schnering found the suspect on an uninhabited island known as Gilligan’s Island, located north of Manatee Avenue on Anna Maria Sound in Perico Bayou. They also located the nets valued at $2,400.

The deputies learned the suspect may have been stealing to fuel a drug habit, according to the MCSO report.

The officers read Thompson his Miranda rights and he allegedly confessed to the theft of the four seine nets.

The MCSO deputies transported Thompson from Gilligan’s Island to Kingfish Boat Ramp in Holmes Beach and then to the Manatee County jail.

A $3,000 bond was assigned to Thompson, who was in custody at press time.

His arraignment is set for 9 a.m. Friday, July 27, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

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