2 of 6 intruders in Anna Maria detained by homeowner

An upstairs apartment in the 300 block of Magnolia Avenue in Anna Maria became the scene of an alleged burglary when the resident returned home and discovered six young men in her residence.

At about 11:30 a.m. Jan. 7, resident Laurie Jo Higgins returned home with Amanda Miller Culpepper and saw six males run out her back door and down the stairs.

Higgins reported $50 stolen from the home, adding Jan. 10 that she is still taking inventory.

Higgins said her two sons were home at the time, but one son was in the shower and the other was in a bedroom wearing headphones and did not hear or see the intruders.

She recognized one of the perpetrators, but said no one in her family had invited them to the residence.

Higgins said they exited through the back of the house, and she believes they came in the front door to look for money and valuables.

Manatee County Sheriff’s Office is investigating, according to Sgt. Mike Jones, who heads the Anna Maria substation. No one had been arrested or charged in the incident as of Jan. 11.

Jones said he is not sure if the intrusion was a burglary or trespass. MCSO will be conducting multiple interviews, he said.

In Higgins’ attempt to apprehend the intruders, she said they “overpowered her,” but she did stop two of the six intruders and brought them to authorities.

She also said the group attempted to enter another house in the neighborhood.

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