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Date of Issue: December 15, 2005

Beach burglar busted

Beach Burglar
Thomas McCann

Holmes Beach Police, assisted by the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, arrested a 47-year-old man on a charge of burglary after he was discovered in a vacant apartment Sunday.

According to the report from the HBPD, Thomas McCann (no residence) broke into Sailfish Apartments, 3718 Gulf Drive, Unit 2, entering through a bathroom window. He was discovered asleep in bed in the unit by the building manager.

Manager Patrick Janos told police he yelled at the person in bed and had to back out quickly when McCann suddenly rose up out of the bed.

McCann fled, but Sheriff's Deputy Thomas Franklin and his K-9 Quinto tracked him to where he was hiding in some bushes in front of the home at 3502 Fourth Ave. and he was taken into custody by Holmes Beach Officer Jim Cumston.

The manager made a positive identification of McCann as the person he found sleeping in the Sailfish unit.

McCann was arrested and charged with burglary at approximately 10:30 p.m.

Holmes Beach police said the defendant is known to them and had been "Marchman acted" the previous night and also has been banned from the Island trolley.

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