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Date of Issue: June 17, 2009

Pole theft results in arrest in Bradenton Beach

Bradenton Beach Police arrested James Anthony Carnell, 46, who lives on a boat near Cortez Village.

According to the arrest report, at 1 p.m. June 6, Bradenton Beach police officers were advised that three men in a van were suspiciously approaching and looking over parked vehicles at the beach in the 1000 block of Gulf Drive South.

Officers were told by another man that 11 fishing poles and a cooler full of soda had been taken out of the bed of his truck and he recalled seeing the van nearby.

Officers pulled the van over just as it was pulling onto Gulf Drive for failure to maintain a single lane of traffic. When one of the officers looked through the window of the van, he saw the cooler described by the complainant.

The three people in the van said the cooler and the fishing poles were “just sitting on the ground outside the truck,” according to the report. When asked which one went into the truck and took the poles and cooler, James Carnell admitted he had done that. Carnell was arrested and charged with burglary to an unoccupied conveyance.

The fishing poles and cooler were photographed and returned to their owners.

Mike Quinn, publisher of, a news partner of The Islander, contributed to this report.