Island police blotter
Dec. 19, 100 block of White Avenue, loitering and prowling. An officer on patrol saw a man crouched in the grass next to an unoccupied house. When the officer shined his spotlight on the man, he ran. The officer chased the suspect through the yard and down the street until he went into a yard and hid. A K-9 and deputy arrived and located the man lying face down in a flower bed. The man refused to show his hands after multiple warnings and the K-9 bit the man twice. The man was then placed under arrest. The man resisted while EMS was checking him out, so an officer stunned him with a stun gun. The man was treated at Lakewood Ranch Hospital and then taken to jail.
Dec. 21, 721 N. Shore Drive, grand theft. While the victim was sleeping, he had an estimated $950 worth of property stolen from his residence following a call to an adult site listed on Craig’s List.
Dec. 25, 787 N. Shore Drive, suspicious circumstances. While the complainant and his family were at a relative’s home for the holiday, someone used the beach access and went into his backyard. The complainant’s son saw two men in the backyard. When the men saw him, they took off running toward the front of the house and got into a white SUV and sped off. Nothing was reported missing. According the police report, there is an ongoing problem with the beach access alongside the complainant’s home.
Dec. 20, 4600 Second Ave., petit theft. An officer was dispatched to the Circle K, where the store clerk said a man fled the store with some cigarettes. HBPD found the suspect, a juvenile, inside his vehicle. The juvenile was identified as the one who stole the cigarettes and was released into his mother’s custody.
Dec. 23, 453 62nd St., theft. A woman came to the HBPD to report a stolen necklace. The victim said she allowed her bother-in-law’s girlfriend to stay at her home from Oct. 23 until the end of November. The victim thinks the woman took the necklace to pawn it for cash, and that the money may have been used to purchase narcotics. The necklace was valued at $200. The same day, the victim came back to HBPD to report another missing necklace that was valued at $100.
Dec. 23, 307 66th St., burglary of a residence. Officer responded in reference to a burglary. The victim said that sometime between Dec. 17 and Dec. 22 burglars entered through her screened porch and stole four bottles of liquor valued at approximately $125.
Dec. 23, 606 Hampshire Lane, petit theft. An officer was dispatched to the victim, who said she returned to the house from her permanent resident in Dade City to discover that burglars stole a wicker chair and wooden table from her dock. The victim added that on Oct. 24, an occupant on Key Royale Drive pointed a laser through her window, and that an individual was sitting in the backyard staring at her house earlier in the week.
Dec. 24, 306 Clark Drive, loitering. A man was observed outside the residence wearing a hooded sweatshirt with his head covered, crouched in a dark corner, standing close to where a car alarm had gone off. An officer approached the man, who stated he was waiting for a friend. As the officer tried to verify the man’s story, he took off running behind some houses and over a fence, and the officer lost sight of him. Officers later met with the man’s parents and the officers discovered the man had given a false name. The parents called officers when the man came home, and the man was transported to HBPD with his father. Afterward, the man was released to his father.
Dec. 24, 611 Gladstone Lane, petit theft. A woman came to HBPD in reference to a theft that occurred to her home. She said someone took two Christmas wreaths from the front door. The wreaths were valued at $40 each.
Dec. 26, 8200 block of Palm Avenue, warrant. An officer had a consensual encounter with a man who had two Manatee County warrants, outstanding, for driving on a suspended license and for failing to pay a traffic fine. The man was transported to jail.