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Streetlife – 04-10-2019

Anna Maria

No reports.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

March 30, 1000 block of Gulf Drive South, domestic violence. A fight broke out among family members after a 16-year-old refused to clean out a bait bucket as requested by his cousin. One male allegedly put the cousin in a headlock against the wall and fought with others who attempted a rescue. The male was arrested and transported to the juvenile detention center. Because minors were at the residence, Bradenton Beach police contacted the Florida Department of Children and Families.

March 31, 2300 block of Gulf Drive North, stolen bicycle. An owner reported his beach cruiser valued at $750 stolen from his garage midday, while he’d left his garage door open. Another bicycle whose ownership was unknown was left in its place in his garage.

Bradenton Beach is policed by BBPD.


March 27, Paradise Bay Estates, 10315 Cortez Road W., battery. A female resident became upset about what she believed was unlawful mangrove cutting. She confronted a man hired by the homeowner’s association to clean a drainage ditch, striking him twice with a cane. The resident admitted to tapping the work crew manager and asserted she owned the ditch. However, the association maintained a survey was done and the resident owns only half the ditch. A Manatee County sheriff’s deputy told the owner the ownership question was a civil matter. The work crew manager declined to press charges and signed a waiver of prosecution. The deputy warned the woman that if she hit anyone else, she would be arrested for battery.

March 28, Seafood Shack, car theft. A Cortez woman reported her vehicle stolen. The matter also was listed as a civil dispute over ownership.

        Cortez is policed by the MCSO.

Holmes Beach

March 28, 3200 E. Bay Drive, weapon/marijuana. An 18-year-old Tampa man and passenger in a vehicle were arrested for carrying a weapon and possessing marijuana after police stopped the vehicle for failing to obey a traffic device. Holmes Beach police conducted a search of the vehicle, noting an odor of marijuana, and found a handgun under the man’s seat. The man told police the marijuana belonged to him and he did not have a conceal-carry gun permit. The man also was not 21, the age required for a permit.

March 30, Publix Super Market, 3900 E. Bay Drive, theft. HBPD arrested a 40-year-old man who allegedly stole a sandwich, bag of chips and an 18-pack of Busch beer. After being confronted by a manager, the man left on a bicycle. Police found him in a vehicle in the 100 block of 33rd Street.

March 30, Jessie’s Island Store, 5701 Marina Drive, warrant. A store manager called police after an unknown man asked the manager to hold a bag of his clothing. After law enforcement located the man, he told officers he was about to interview at the Ugly Grouper and did not want to go to the interview with his belongings. HBPD determined the man was wanted on a Sarasota County warrant and he was arrested and transported to jail.

Street life is based on incident reports and narratives from the BBPD, HBPD and MCSO.

Streetlife – 04-03-2019

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Bradenton Beach Police Officer Eric Hill and two U.S. Coast Guardsmen conduct boat inspections March 26 in Sarasota Bay. The enforcement detail took place between Bradenton Beach and Palmetto and also included Palmetto Police Department and Manatee County Sheriff’s Office marine units. Boaters were cited for 14 anchor equipment violations in the mooring fields near shore, six registration violations and law enforcement inspected several derelict vessels. Islander Photo: BBPD

Anna Maria

March 19, 100 block of Willow Avenue, fraud. Suspicious credit card activity began while a man was on a cruise beyond cellphone reception. The man’s bank denied the charges. When he returned, his cellphone wouldn’t work so he took it to an AT&T store, where he learned someone ported his number to T-Mobile. The man also discovered someone had tried to get a credit card in his name.

March 22, 200 block of Lakeview, traffic. While conducting a traffic stop, Manatee County sheriff’s deputies found two bags of a green leafy substance, weighing 8.6 grams. Due to the vehicle occupants’ cooperation, the deputies decided not to pursue charges. The substance was destroyed.

March 23, Bayfront Park, 400 N. Bay Blvd., drugs/trespass. A male passenger in a vehicle was arrested for possessing THC oil. Deputies noticed the odor coming from the parked vehicle, searched it and found a container of the controlled substance under the front passenger seat. The man was transported to Manatee County jail.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

March 23, 900 Gulf Drive S., recovered stolen vehicle. A 28-year-old man was arrested for stealing a vehicle from a Sarasota dealer, which had repossessed it for nonpayment. The man had an extra set of keys and took the vehicle without permission.

March 25, 200 Bridge St., theft. A boat owner invited a man and a woman to stay on his boat and they left their belongings aboard, including a wallet, beach bag, clothes and a cellphone. Later in the day, the couple reported the belongings were missing.

Bradenton Beach is policed by BBPD.


March 14, 12300 block of Cortez Road West, battery. A man and a woman argued. The woman threw a beer can at the man and hit his face. The woman was arrested for domestic battery.

        Cortez is policed by the MCSO.

Holmes Beach

No reports.

        Street life is based on incident reports and narratives from the BBPD, HBPD and MCSO.

Crashes hinder St. Patrick’s island traffic

Two crashes the evening of March 17 — one in the 5700 block of Marina Drive in Holmes Beach and another on the Anna Maria Island Bridge — topped off St. Patrick’s Day with trips to the hospital.

The first crash occurred at 8:50 p.m. when a Ford 150, traveling north on Marina Drive, struck and dragged a Bradenton man 40 feet on the roadway, according to Holmes Beach Police Officer Alexander Hurt.

Witnesses told the HBPD the man walked into traffic after stumbling on the sidewalk.

When Hurt arrived, emergency medical services was attending to the pedestrian, Shepherd Warriner, 30, according to the HBPD report. On March 18, police reported Warriner was in the intensive care unit at Blake Medical Center in Bradenton.

The bridge crash was reported at 9:05 p.m. March 17, according to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report.

A 2002 Kia Rio was stopped to allow a westbound fire truck to pass when Ethan Gluck, 75, of Bradenton, driving a 2015 Honda Civic, rear-ended the Rio, which deployed the Civic’s airbags, the report stated.

Gluck was ticketed for careless driving.

Witness Laura Jaicomo of Holmes Beach reported seeing the aftermath of both crashes.

“We were coming home to the island about 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 17. One lane of the bridge was shut down. An eastbound car had crashed into the railing on the westbound side,” Jaicomo told The Islander in an email.

“The car had what appeared to be blood on its right front bumper,” Jaicomo stated, adding she also observed police in front of the Ugly Grouper, 5704 Marina Drive, where the pedestrian was struck in traffic.

Streetlife – 03-20-2019

Anna Maria

No reports.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

      March 14, Drift In Lounge & Package Store, 120 Bridge St., battery. A Bradenton man reported a Feb. 18 altercation, when he and a woman argued about the Colin Kaepernick lawsuit and the woman threw a bottle of Bud Light at the man. He told police the incident caused a cut that became infected.

March 14, Circle K, 103 Gulf Drive S., battery. A 39-year-old man listed as homeless was arrested after he tackled, kicked and hit another man in the parking lot. The injured man told police the attack was unprovoked.

March 16, Drift In Lounge & Package Store, 120 Bridge St., drug arrest. A 17-year-old female at the business was jumping on people for piggyback rides when a packet of cocaine was observed falling from the girl’s shirt to the ground. A Bradenton Beach officer arrested the girl and transported her to the Manatee County jail, where jail personnel found another small bag of cocaine.

March 16, Bits and Bubs, 129 Bridge St.; Back Alley Treasures, 108 Bridge St.; Bridge Street Bazaar, 117 Bridge St.; Beach Life AMI, 119 Bridge St.; recovered property. A store manager reported a theft and described the shoplifting suspects to police. Later in the day, a Holmes Beach police officer alerted the BBPD he had encountered a couple that matched the descriptions. Bradenton Beach police officers responded and found merchandise belonging to the retail stores in the couple’s vehicle. Souvenirs and jewelry valued at more than $860 were returned to the stores where they had been stolen.

March 18, Coquina Park, 2650 Gulf Drive S., battery. BBPD was dispatched to a fight in progress on a trolley. A man complained about the trolley leaving him in a dark parking lot and that his wife and children also were uncomfortable. The trolley driver said the man pushed and ordered him to take the man and his family to their hotel. The trolley driver reported he had attempted to explain to the man about the trolley’s limited service and that the Coquina lot was his last stop for the night.

Bradenton Beach is policed by BBPD.


No reports.

      Cortez is policed by the MCSO.

Holmes Beach

      March 14, 600 block of Emerald Lane, burglary. A resident reported $2,500 in items went missing over two years. The items include jewelry, clothes, purses, souvenirs and Christmas dolls.

March 14, Hancock Whitney Bank, 5324 Gulf Drive, and AMI Health & Fitness Center, 5364 Gulf Drive, domestic. A man and a woman argued in the bank parking lot about their child, where the woman threw water on the man. The argument continued into the fitness center parking lot, where the woman threw food on the man and keyed his car. The man declined to press charges.

March 14, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Baker Act. Alerted that a man was threatening to kill himself, a Holmes Beach police officer approached the man and attempted to calm him. The man walked away from the officer despite commands to stop. The man grabbed a backpack, but the officer was able to handcuff the man and call for EMS to transport him to a medical facility.

March 15, 4100 block of Fourth Avenue, disorderly intoxication/eviction. Partygoers were heard yelling and screaming at a house, where police counted 13 people on the balconies. One man, who continued shouting and swearing after police tried to quell the disturbance, was arrested for disorderly intoxication. The man’s vehicle was towed for obstructing the driveway. HBPD called the rental property manager, who evicted the renters.

March 15, Publix Super Market, 3900 E. Bay Drive, theft. A 50-year-old man was arrested for stealing cough drops, ointment, razors, juice, mouthwash, mineral oil, cranberries, plums and an avocado. The manager reported the $43.01 theft and the man’s description to Holmes Beach police, who stopped the man with the items as he walked away from the store.

March 15, Dollar Tree, 3260 E. Bay Drive, Marchman Act. Holmes Beach police were called to assist a 57-year-old man passed out on the sidewalk in front of the store. An officer determined the man needed substance abuse assistance. EMS transported him to a medical facility.

March 16, Solo’s Pizza, 3244 E. Bay Drive, theft. Two women ate at the restaurant and left without paying their $26.52 bill.

March 17, 6400 block of Flotilla Drive, battery. A fight broke out among an intoxicated couple and their friend after a wife refused the advances of her husband and the friend intervened. The husband shoved the friend into the wife and onto the floor. The friend signed a waiver of prosecution.

March 18, 6200 block of Flotilla Drive, criminal mischief. A man who thought he was home attempted to enter another person’s residence by ripping a screen from its frame. The man told police he was trying to get into his apartment in the 6400 block, where the screened porch already was ripped. The man apologized.

March 19, 700 Manatee Ave., marijuana ordinance. Police said they noticed the odor of marijuana after a 20-year-old driver was stopped for running the flashing red stop light at Gulf Drive and Manatee Avenue. She was ticketed for disregarding the red light and cited for possessing 7 grams of marijuana.

            Street life is based on incident reports and narratives from the BBPD, HBPD and MCSO.

Man arrested for hitting girlfriend, fleeing MCSO

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An Indiana man was arrested in Holmes Beach by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office for domestic battery after he was observed hitting a female passenger in the vehicle he was driving.

Michael A. Lawless, 26, was arrested at 2:12 p.m. March 16 on the felony charge of fleeing and eluding law enforcement. He also faces three misdemeanor charges: domestic battery, reckless driving and driving without a valid license.

Lawless was transported to the Manatee County jail, where he remained in custody March 22.

On patrol, Deputy Peter Pappas tracked Lawless’ vehicle to the 6000 block of Marina Drive after the MCSO received reports that a man was driving recklessly and hitting a female passenger in a green Honda Civic.

Pappas also observed the man hit the female passenger.

Several pedestrians flagged the deputy down about the same vehicle.

The deputy attempted to pull the driver over, but the driver took off at a high rate of speed.

The deputy followed the vehicle while it sped south, cutting around vehicles. Pappas stopped Lawless a second time in the 5300 block of Marina Drive, where he was apprehended and handcuffed.

The passenger had blood on her hands and face, and Pappas requested emergency medical services.

Lawless told the deputy he was upset because, he said, the woman had cheated on him while he was working.

Lawless was being held on $1,700 bond and a requirement of court supervision, according to an order after his first court appearance.

His arraignment is set for Friday, April 12, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

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.