July 5, Island Cabana, 403 Pine Ave., shoplifting. Two females took clothes into a dressing room, but returned nothing to the attendant and made no purchase. They refused to allow the manager to look in their bag and left without paying $463.31 for the clothing. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.
July 9, 100 block of Palmetto Avenue, lost property. A man reported his white-gold wedding band slipped off his finger while swimming with his wife in the Gulf of Mexico. They were unable to locate the ring.
July 14, Gulf Drive and Magnolia Avenue, traffic. At 3:18 a.m., a sheriff’s deputy observed a speeding motorcycle with blue lights and an illegible tag. The deputy pulled over the motorist, an 18-year-old Lakeland man, who told the officer he bent the tag to avoid paying tolls and didn’t know blue lights were illegal.
July 15, Gulf Drive and Oak Avenue, seat belt. A South Carolina motorist was stopped at 11:24 p.m. for not wearing his seat belt. MCSO determined the man was violating a curfew and not carrying proof of insurance. The deputy issued verbal warnings for the infractions and noted the curfew violation for his probation officer.
Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.
July 18, 100 block of Fifth Street South, drugs. During a traffic stop, a Bradenton Beach police officer noted the odor of cannabis. A passenger first told the officer people in the vehicle had smoked marijuana earlier, but it was gone. Upon a search, the passenger acknowledged a bag of marijuana, which weighed 6 grams, was his. The officer issued a notice to appear in court for the drug violation.
July 23, 100 block of Seventh Street North, stolen bike. A man reported his fat-tire bicycle stolen from his patio. Police found the bike’s steel-cable lock cut, lying on the ground.
Bradenton Beach is policed by BBPD.
July 12, H&H Marina, 12444 Cortez Road W., burglary. The property manager reported a man carrying a tackle box from a boat. The man told the manager he’d been asked to retrieve it by the boat owner. The man gave the box to the manager and said he’d get the owner. No one came back.
July 17, 3700 block of 115th Street West, burglary. A 34-year-old man, with an address at the Bradenton Beach anchorage, was arrested after neighbors alerted authorities he was operating a pressure-washer outside the residence a shouldn’t be there. When deputies arrived, the man said he had the owner’s permission. While they waited for a warrant check, the man ran into a shed. MCSO arrested the man on outstanding warrants and found a pipe, crystal meth and marijuana in his possession. The next day, the resident found personal property out of place and three sets of headphones and a guitar tuner she’d never seen before and the man was arrested for burglary. Nothing was reported taken.
Cortez is policed by the MCSO.
July 15, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, license. Holmes Beach police pulled over a 38-year-old Tampa woman at 3:50 a.m. after an officer observed her vehicle crossing the center line. The woman told police she was lost. The officer determined she was driving on a suspended license with four prior convictions. She was arrested and transported to the Manatee County jail.
July 17, CVS, 611 Manatee Ave., found property. A manager reported finding a discarded crack pipe while cleaning the bathroom. Police retained it for destruction.
July 19, Key Royale Club, 700 Key Royale Drive, trespass. A Holmes Beach officer found three people fishing in the lake after observing their vehicles in the parking lot afterhours. The officer warned them for trespassing.
July 20, Dunkin’ Donuts, 3302 E. Bay Drive, theft. A loss prevention director reported employee theft of $1,369.76. The director told police a manager failed to deposit the store’s receipts July 5 and returned the next day to take employee tips. Holmes Beach police requested an arrest through the state attorney.
July 21, Ace Hardware, 3352 E. Bay Drive, trespass. A man caused a disturbance after a store clerk refused to cut a lock off his bicycle. The man accused the store of selling him an inoperable lock.
July 21, 3200 block of East Bay Drive, warrant. A 25-year-old Bradenton man driving in a 2009 Kia was arrested on a Brevard County warrant for grand theft.
July 21, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, trespass. Holmes Beach police were dispatched for a man selling cake without a permit. The man told the officer he was dropped off by his drug recovery group and was selling to repeat customers. The officer warned the man for trespassing.
July 21, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, theft. A 39-year-old woman watched the sunset, fell asleep and awoke to find her purse gone even though she tried to prevent a theft by placing her leg through the strap. The Michael Kors purse, containing her wallet, credit and identification cards, car keys and cell phone, valued at $1,430, were reported stolen. Police checked trash cans in the area to no avail. Her vehicle was left in the parking lot overnight and police gave her a ride home.
July 22, 200 block of Haverkos Court, construction. A fencing contractor was issued a violation for working on Sunday.
July 22, 200 block of 35th Street, trespass. A man was awakened by a noise sounding like someone moving in the house. He investigated and observed a six-foot male with short hair and a strange odor exit through the back door. Nothing was taken. Police searched the area and found no suspects.
July 23, White Sands Beach Resort, fraud. The manager reported a woman failed to pay her rental bill. The woman told the manager she’d stopped payment on her check because she’d lost her remaining checks. The manager reported she owes the resort $1,091.
July 23, 4500 Gulf Drive, found property. A cleaning crew found a .380 caliber loaded handgun and holster left by a renter in a nightstand. HBPD placed it for safekeeping and the renter picked up his property the next day.
July 23, 600 block of Manatee Avenue, marijuana ordinance. A Holmes Beach police officer reported a Toyota SUV failed to stop for the red traffic signal on Gulf Drive before turning east on Manatee Avenue. An officer pulled over the motorist and noted the odor of marijuana in the vehicle. After a search, HBPD found 1.5 grams of marijuana in the console and issued a citation to a 22-year-old Anna Maria man for violating the ordinance.
July 24, 500 block of 77th Street, theft. Two Yeti coolers were reported stolen.
July 24, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, trespass. An intoxicated man and his girlfriend were issued trespass warnings after the man caused a disturbance at the bar. The woman told police she disagreed with the trespass. The couple left in an Uber vehicle.
July 25, D.Coy Ducks Tavern, 5410 Marina Drive, warrant. A woman was observed at 3:15 a.m. walking in the shopping area. Police asked what she was doing and for her identification. The woman responded she was waiting for a ride and her belongings were at D.Coy Ducks. HBPD determined she was wanted on an outstanding warrant for failing to appear in court. She was arrested and transported to the Manatee County jail.
Holmes Beach is policed by HBPD.
Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives from the BBPD, HBPD and MCSO.