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Streetlife – 03-20-2019

Anna Maria

March 5, Bayfront Park, 300 N. Bay Blvd., confiscated property. Manatee County sheriff’s deputies observed marijuana smoke spewing from a parked vehicle. On approaching the vehicle, the officer found two occupants with 12 bottles of beer, a bottle of rum, marijuana, a marijuana grinder and a pipe. The deputies determined they were University of Florida students and called their parents. The deputies dumped out the alcohol and placed other items into evidence for destruction.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

March 9, Coquina Beach Park, 1600 Gulf Drive S., driver’s license. A Bradenton Beach police officer saw a man in an SUV pull out from the Coquina Beach parking lot into slow-moving northbound traffic. He passed about 20 cars at a high rate of speed. The officer stopped the man for speeding and determined he was driving on a suspended license. The man was arrested and transported to the Manatee County jail and a family member with a valid license removed the vehicle.

March 11, Summer Sands condominium, 1009 Gulf Drive N., vehicle burglary. A man from Ontario, Canada, reported his wallet containing credit cards and identification was stolen from his unlocked vehicle at the condo parking area.

March 9-12, 100 block of 25th Street North, stolen/recovered property. Two unlocked bicycles were reported stolen and later found behind Shell Land, 301 Gulf Drive N., and returned to the owner.

Bradenton Beach is policed by BBPD.


No reports.

Cortez is policed by the MCSO.

Holmes Beach

March 5, 700 Key Royale Drive, Key Royale Club, trespass. An officer was called after two males and two females were seen parking in the lot and entering the golf course with fishing poles. The four received trespass warnings and left the area.

March 7, 700 block of Manatee Avenue, traffic, drug citation. An officer traveling east on Manatee Avenue observed a car drifting into the oncoming lane. After stopping the car, the officer observed a green leafy substance in the driver’s lap and the odor of can- nabis. During a search of the vehicle, the officer located more leafy substance in a container, a digital scale and a cannabis grinder. The substance tested positive for marijuana. The driver was issued a citation for possession of less than 20 grams and for paraphernalia. The cannabis, scale and grinder were entered into the HBPD evidence locker.

March 8, 600 block of Baronet Lane, identity theft. A woman reported two $9,500 bank withdrawals from her bank account. She reported the thief used a Florida driver’s license she had reported stolen in 2013.

March 9, 5300 block of Gulf Drive, driver’s license, drug citation. An officer stopped a vehicle observed traveling southbound on Marina Drive with the driver’s side headlight out. A smell of marijuana was observed and a search located 0.8 gram of can- nabis. The driver was cited for no valid license and for less than 20 grams of marijuana. He was issued a summons and released. A juvenile with him was picked up by a family member.

March 10, 100 block of 73rd Street, theft. An officer responding to a call of suspicious activity at the Coconuts condominiums was contacted by a man who said his fishing poles were taken from his deck. Three Akuna rod and reels valued at $475 and a 7-foot Shumino rig valued at $125 were reported stolen.

March 10, 200 block of 68th Street, noise vio- lation. Officers responded to a noise complaint at a rental and found teenagers jumping from a roof into a swimming pool. The rental agents were called. Alcohol was located in the house. Four of the 12 people were over 21 years old. All were evicted from the property for occupancy violation, noise violation, safety issues, underage drinking and violating the terms of the rental agreement. Officers remained while the renters gath- ered their possessions and left.

Holmes Beach is policed by HBPD.

Streetlife is based on incident reports and narra- tives from the BBpd, HBpd and mcSo.

Reporter Sandy ambrogi contributed to this report.

Rash of identity, credit thefts spur 
HBPD investigation, arrest

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Fran and Wayne Derr of Key Royale in Holmes Beach check their mail March 7. The Derrs were victims of identity thieves who attempted to obtain credit cards using their names. Islander Photo: Chris-Ann Silver Esformes
Samuel Casamayor Abreu, 27
Holmes Beach Police Detective Sgt. Brian Hall thumbs through police reports March 7 at the HBPD, 5801 Marina Drive.

In the digital age, personal information can be easy to access.

Samuel Casamayor Abreu, 27, of Hialeah — linked to multiple identity thefts that occurred since February in Holmes Beach — was arrested March 1 on four counts of credit card fraud and four counts of criminal use of identification.

A female suspect remains under investigation.

All but one of the thefts, in which credit cards were ordered under a victim’s name then retrieved by the perpetrator upon delivery, occurred in the Key Royale neighborhood, according to Holmes Beach Police Detective Sgt. Brian Hall.

“It’s crazy. I’ve never had a cluster of multiple victims in one location before,” Hall said. “So this is very unique.”

In some situations, the cards or related materials were mailed to the victims, prompting police inquiries. In other instances, a credit card was mailed to a different address and then used by the perpetrator to purchase thousands of dollars worth of items from Best Buy and other retail establishments in the state.

Hall was contacted March 1 by Best Buy representatives who said Abreu was identified in surveillance videos and currently was at a store at 4210 14th St. W., Bradenton.

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office detained the suspect and a woman, who were later interviewed by Hall.

Fran Derr of Dundee Lane on Key Royale said she and her husband, Wayne, received letters from two credit card companies thanking them for their applications.

She said her husband went online and requested a credit report, which revealed that someone had accessed their report, including personal information, four times.

As the welcome committee chairperson in the Key Royale community, Fran Derr said she speaks often with people in the neighborhood. Once word of the identity theft got out, more people approached her and said their information also was compromised.

“It makes you feel very vulnerable,” Derr said.

She said the Key Royale homeowner’s association director sent email to members warning them of the thefts and more people came forward to file reports.

Hall said March 7 that it appears the perpetrator was tracking FedEx deliveries for the fraudulent credit cards and stealing the packages.

He recommended people send mail with personal information directly from a post office since it appears thieves are stealing mail from residential mailboxes to obtain data and open lines of credit.

Hall also said fraudulent charges should be reported to credit card companies as soon as possible.

Additionally, if a line of credit is compromised, most credit companies will offer a year of free credit monitoring.

Hall said people can contact three credit bureaus — Equifax, Experion and TransUnion — to lock accounts so lines of credit require strict verification.
“I believe the guy I arrested and the female with him are going to be responsible for all the cases,” Hall said March 7. “But we’re still investigating further.”

“Now that we’ve made an arrest, we believe there will be additional victims, and we would like them to immediately reach out to the police department so we can do follow-up,” Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer said March 8. “The sooner we can get the info, the sooner we can get with the businesses involved to see videos of who was utilizing the fraudulent cards, and come out with a good conclusion for our victims and the city.”

Abreu was released March 2 after posting $40,000 bail. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges and was appointed a public defender.

Holmes Beach man arrested for DUI

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Lucas Andrews, 36

Pulled over for speeding, a man who told police he was on his way to a liquor store was arrested Feb. 24 for driving under the influence.

Lucas Andrews, 36, of Holmes Beach, was stopped at 1:43 a.m. in the 9900 block of Gulf Drive in Anna Maria by Holmes Beach Police Officer Alan Desantis.

The officer clocked Andrews’ vehicle at 44 mph in a 25-mph zone while it traveled north in the 8000 block of Palm Drive in Holmes Beach, according to the HBPD report.

After he was pulled over, Andrews told police he was going home and believed he was on Cortez Road in Bradenton on his way to a liquor store.

Asked about consuming alcohol, Andrews said he had “a couple drinks of whiskey” and should not have been driving, the HBPD report stated.

Desantis reported Andrews was cooperative, took a road sobriety test, performed poorly and was taken into custody.

At the HBPD station, he provided breath samples measuring 0.218 and 0.223 blood-alcohol content. Drunk driving laws prohibit a BAC of 0.08 or higher.

Andrews was transported and booked at the Manatee County jail.

A $120 bond was posted and Andrews was released, pending an 8:30 a.m. Monday, April 1, arraignment at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

Bradenton man arrested for drugs at BB roundabout

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Jose Eduardo Barajas,18

Stopped for speeding in Bradenton Beach, a Bradenton man was arrested by police for possessing 24 grams of marijuana with an intent to sell the drug.

Jose Eduardo Barajas,18, also was arrested for possessing paraphernalia and driving without a license in the 700 block of Gulf Drive South after he sped around the Bridge Street roundabout at Gulf Drive South in a Mazda SUV.

BBPD Officer Steve Masi pulled Barajas over at 11:34 p.m. Feb. 28, according to the police report.

Barajas told Masi he had “about an ounce” of marijuana, no driver’s license and no firearm.

In a vehicle search, however, police found a loaded handgun in the glove box.

Barajas told Masi a friend put the gun in the vehicle, but must have forgotten the weapon.

In addition to the gun and marijuana, police found and seized plastic bags and a digital scale.

Masi interviewed a passenger, who told police Barajas was known to sell marijuana.

BBPD took the handgun for safekeeping. The SUV was towed.

In addition to the drug charges, Barajas was arrested for driving without a valid license and ticketed for speeding.

He was transported and booked at the Manatee County jail, where he posted a $2,500 bond and was released.

His arraignment is set for 9 a.m. Friday, April 5 at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

Streetlife – 03-13-2019

Anna Maria

Feb. 27, Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., battery. A Manatee County sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to a fight between two employees in the restaurant kitchen. The victim declined to press charges. No injuries were reported.

March 4, 100 block of Hammock Road, domestic disturbance. Family members argued. An MCSO deputy responded, and no physical violence was reported or observed.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

March 2, 200 block of Bay Drive, domestic battery. While arguing about who drank the last beer, a 48-year-old man grabbed his girlfriend’s arm, bruising it between the elbow and shoulder. The man was arrested, taken to BBPD station and booked at the Manatee County jail.

March 3, 2200 block of Avenue B, suspicious circumstances. A woman reported several boxes that were packed for a move were opened by an unknown person and a stereo valued at $500 went missing. BBPD advised the woman to recheck her belongings and provide serial numbers for any missing items.

March 4, 100 block of First Street North, battery. Dispatched to a disturbance, a Bradenton Beach police officer found a man lying in the road and another man standing next to him. The man standing was arrested for battery after telling police he punched the man following an argument over a ride home. The victim was unable to fill out a statement due to his impairment. He was transported to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton for treatment.

Bradenton Beach is policed by BBPD.


Feb. 27, 10000 block of Cortez Road, break-in. A 38-year-old man reported an unknown person attempted to enter his apartment.

March 3, Swordfish Grill & Tiki Bar, trespass warning. A man was warned for trespassing after he was observed sleeping in a car in the parking lot.

Cortez is policed by the MCSO.

Holmes Beach

March 1, 200 block of 84th Street, theft. Dispatched for a theft, Holmes Beach police spoke to a man who noticed 15 $20 bills and a $100 bill were missing after he placed his wallet on a dresser.

March 1, 600 block of North Point Drive, theft. A commercial fisher reported 60, 35 and 25 gallons of fuel siphoned from his gas tanks on his center-console fishing boat Feb. 22-28. HBPD took photographs of evidence on the boat.

March 2, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Marchman Act. A Holmes Beach police officer responded to a report of a man passed out near the restrooms. HBPD contacted emergency medical services and he was transported for treatment to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton.

March 4, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, theft. A $400 black bicycle was reported stolen from a bike stand. The owner told police he locked the bike but could have left the key in the lock before walking to the beach.

March 4, Alvin’s Island, 3602 E. Bay Drive, theft/marijuana. After watching a customer remove price tags and place merchandise into his pockets for three hours, a store manager called police to report a theft. When police arrived, an officer reported the man was biting off a price tag from an item. The store reported $235.19 in attempted stolen items. Nine grams of marijuana was found in the man’s shirt pocket and in a vial that he dropped on the floor.

Holmes Beach is policed by HBPD.

Streetlife is based on incident reports and narra- tives from the BBpd, HBpd and mcSo.

Reporter Sandy ambrogi contributed to this report.

Bradenton Beach-Cortez area offenders register addresses

A Feb. 27 email from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement shows a 45-year-old former Bradenton Beach man — convicted in Manatee County of promoting sexual performance of a child, child sex porn, lewd and lascivious exhibition and battery against a child under age 16 in October 2014 — registered an address east of Cortez in the 4200 block of La Costa Cove in Bradenton.

Another male sex offender registered a temporary address in the 100 block of Sixth Street South in Bradenton Beach.

Convicted of sexual offenses in Machias, Maine, in 2005, the 56-year-old reported his visit to the FDLE, according to a Feb. 12 email from the agency.

The FDLE registry shows other sex offenders in the area as of Feb. 28:
• A 49-year-old male offender in the 2900 block of Avenue C in Holmes Beach.
• A 57-year-old male offender in the 4200 block of the 129th Street West in Cortez.
• A 54-year-old male offender in the 100 block of Crescent Avenue in Anna Maria.
• A 60-year-old male offender in the 100 block of Ninth Street North in Bradenton Beach.

Sex offenders must register permanent and temporary addresses unless otherwise ordered by the court.

Eyes on the road – 03-06-2019

The Florida Department of Transportation and Manatee County posted the following notices for the week of March 4:

Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach: Crews are milling and paving Gulf Drive from 39th Street North to 28th Street North. The work is during daytime hours.

Avenue C: Right-of-way restoration continues along Avenue C. Activities include installation of a stormwater infiltration system and driveway restoration.

For more information about the pipeline replacement projects on the island, go online to amipipereplacement.com.

For the latest road watch information, go online to www.fl511.com or dial 511.

Streetlife – 03-06-2019

Anna Maria

Feb. 10, 875 N. Shore Drive, Rod & Reel Pier, fWc violation. a manatee county Sheriff’s deputy observed a group of people fishing on the pier and noticed the smell of marijuana. When approached, all said they did not have any drugs in their possession and a backpack search produced none. When asked for fishing licenses, one person could not produce one and was charged with a noncriminal offense.

Feb. 24, 9701 gulf drive, Slim’s place Bar and grill, domestic disturbance. a deputy responded to a domestic disturbance call. a man and women told the deputy it was a misunderstanding. domestic packets were given and the subjects were transported home.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

Feb. 27, 1800 block of gulf drive, runaway Bay condominiums, property damage. a man vacationing from michigan heard a noise. He went outside and found the rear window broken on his pickup truck cab broken.

Bradenton Beach is policed by BBPD.

Holmes Beach

Feb. 20, 5400 B marina drive, Seaside Laundro- mat, battery. a man reported that a woman became verbally abusive toward him while he was doing laun- dry. She jumped on his back and tried to tackle him. the woman’s roommate arrived and tried to remove her from the laundromat. the victim returned 40 minutes later to find his clothes on the floor with beer poured on them. He contacted police, who took photographs of his injuries and looked at the sur- veillance video from the laundromat. When police went to woman’s home, she became verbally abusive and was arrested and transported to manatee county jail.

Feb. 21, 5600 gulf drive, warrant assist. a patrol officer went to a residence to arrest a man on a felony warrant. He was located nearby in a parked van gasping for air. manatee county emergency medical Services was called and administered naloxone and the man was transported to Blake medical center in Bradenton, where a manatee county Sheriff’s deputy placed the man under arrest.

Feb. 21, 4000 gulf drive, manatee public Beach, theft. a bag was stolen from a picnic table. it con- tained an apple ipad, cash, a credit card and a florida driver’s license. the bag was found and missing only the cash.

Holmes Beach is policed by HBPD.

Streetlife is based on incident reports and narra- tives from the BBpd, HBpd and mcSo.

Reporter Sandy ambrogi contributed to this report.

Witnesses sought in Anna Maria hit-and-run

People who witnessed an SUV hit a bicyclist in the crosswalk at Pine Avenue and Gulf Drive in Anna Maria are asked to contact the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

Charles Cowin of Birmingham, Alabama, the father of the 13-year-old bicyclist, reported a Mercedes-Benz SUV ran a stop sign on Gulf Drive as it turned east on Pine Avenue and struck his son at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 18. He said the vehicle was “possibly blue.”

“My son and his cousin had been granted the privilege of riding to Dips, their favorite ice cream shop,” Cowin wrote to The Islander in a Feb. 20 email.

Now recovering in Alabama, the boy suffered impact to the right side of his body, shoulder to knee and probably a light concussion, according to Cowin.

After the SUV hit the boy, it accelerated eastbound on Pine Avenue, he said.

There were witnesses who helped his son, Cowin added, but no one called police and he does not have their names.

His son and cousin hurried to their Palm Avenue house, where his parents were getting ready to catch a flight home.

“Fortunately, the vehicle went over my son cleanly and he wasn’t hit by the wheels or dragged beneath the car,” Cowin said, adding the incident was reported to the MCSO from Alabama.

Cowin and his family were visiting Anna Maria as they’ve done for 30 years, he said.

Cowin asked witnesses to come forward with information by calling the MCSO at 941-747-3011 and referring to case 2019004679.

Anonymous tips can be called into CrimeStoppers at 866-634-TIPS.

Eyes on the road – 02-27-2019

The Florida Department of Transportation and Manatee County posted the following notices for the week of Feb. 25:

Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach: Crews were to begin final milling and paving of Gulf Drive from 39th Street North to 28th Street North Tuesday, Feb. 26, after The Islander went to press. This work was to be performed during daytime hours.

Avenue C: Right-of-way restoration continues along Avenue C. Activities include installation of a stormwater infiltration system and driveway restoration.

For more information about the pipeline replacement projects on the island, go online to amipipereplacement.com.

For the latest road watch information, go online to www.fl511.com or dial 511.