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Date of Issue: May 05, 2005

Streetlife

Anna Maria City

April 28, theft, 900 block South Bay Drive. An Indiana man's wallet was stolen after he left it at a local restaurant. The manager called the man to tell him the restaurant had the wallet, but when the man went to retrieve it, the wallet could not be found.

Bradenton Beach

April 14, vehicle burglary, 1800 block Gulf Drive South. A Michigan couple were the victims of a burglary when a thief broke into their car parked at Leffis Key and took a wallet containing $180 and credit cards, which later were used at a drugstore and several gas stations. The couple had left the windows of the car cracked for ventilation, a move police said probably led to easy entry.

April 23, bicycle theft, 1500 block Gulf Drive South. A bike was stolen after the owner left it unlocked at Coquina Beach.

April 25, vehicle burglary, 2500 block Gulf Drive South. A foreign resident told police someone broke into her car at Coquina Beach and stole a purse containing cash, credit cards and passports.

April 29, domestic battery, 2100 block Avenue B. A woman reported that her husband had been abusing her, and pushed her to the pavement in front of their apartment causing a wrist injury. The woman told police her husband was abusive to her approximately 20 days of every month.

April 26, driver's license violation, 2400 block Avenue C. A man was arrested after police stopped him for rolling through a stop sign and found his driver's license restricted him from driving except for going to and from work.

May 1, drug arrest, 2100 block Gulf Drive South. A man was arrested for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Richard C. Bouknight, 4708 26th Ave. E., Bradenton, was arrested by police patrolling Coquina Beach after midnight. Police approached the man's truck to tell him the park closed at sundown and smelled the odor of burning marijuana. Bouknight was asked if he had any marijuana and responded, "I'll give you all I got." He gave police a small baggie of marijuana and a brass pipe made of plumbing material.

May 1, drug arrest, 100 block Bridge Street. Two men were arrested in a parking lot for possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and possession of alcohol by a minor. Christopher J. Martinez, 1431 30th Ave. E., Bradenton, 21, and Kevin Tupin, 4403 101st St. W., Cortez, 20, were arrested in a parking lot at 116 Bridge St. Earlier in the evening, Martinez had approached a plain-clothes officer and asked him if he wanted to smoke some marijuana and steal a car. Martinez left with Tupin and went to a convenience store but police followed them back to the parking lot. When police discovered the marijuana on Martinez, Martinez said, "I knew I shouldn't have had this." He also told police he was violating his probation on a DUI charge.

Holmes Beach

April 23, theft, 5400 block Marina Drive. Two Lakeland men were arrested after allegedly shoplifting two 12-packs of beer from Jessie's Island Store. Michael Harley, 20, of 3490 Summer Wood Way, and Eric Custred, 5921 Lake Victoria Dr., were arrested and charged with the theft after police chased them to the Publix parking lot. Both denied the theft but were identified by several witnesses as the men who took the beer and drove off in a hurry.

April 24, theft, 63rd Street boat ramp. Tag stolen off a boat trailer.

April 24, driver's license, 6200 block Gulf Drive. A woman was issued a ticket for driving while license suspended without knowledge of the suspension.

April 25, DUI, open container, failure to turn on headlights, 700 block Manatee Avenue. A Sarasota man was arrested and charged with driving under the influence after police stopped him on the east side of the Anna Maria Bridge. Julian Trejo, 1705 Fifth St., Sarasota, had turned east to head off the Island when police noticed he failed to turn on his headlights. As he was crossing the bridge with police in pursuit, Trejo turned on his lights, but crossed the center line twice. When he stopped one-half mile east of the bridge on Manatee Avenue, police noticed an open container in the middle console of the car and beer cans strewn on the floor in the front and back seat. Trejo was able to tell police he couldn't speak English and he was taken to the Manatee County Jail where he failed sobriety tests and was arrested.

April 27, burglary, 4000 block of Gulf Drive. A Massachusetts woman was the victim of a car burglary when a thief was able to enter her car through an open window. The thief took $300 cash and a Bank of America debit/credit card, which was later used at a CVS store and Walgreens, each time in the amount of $90.

April 30, vehicle theft, 4300 block Gulf Drive. A woman's boyfriend was suspected of stealing her car and police are on the lookout for the man and a silver Hyundai Elantra.

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