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Date of Issue: March 30, 2005

Streetlife

Anna Maria

Aug. 24, 100 block of Spring Lane, burglary. A man reported that someone broke into his vehicle.

Aug. 24, 875 N. Shore Drive, Rod & Reel Pier, battery. A physical altercation over a fish took place in the parking lot.

Aug. 26, 100 block of Hammock Road, fraud. According to the report, an individual received a down payment for concrete work he contracted to do at a residence. His contact numbers have reportedly been disconnected and the work has not been completed.

Bradenton Beach

Aug. 16, 2500 block of Avenue B, burglary. A man reported that his disc-jockey equipment, including his 15-inch speakers and case containing 400 discs, was stolen from a storage closet in his garage.

Aug. 20, 2500 block of Avenue C, theft. A woman reported her husband's fishing pole stolen from their boat.

Aug. 20, 2000 Gulf Drive S., Coquina Park, grand theft. A woman reported her two-door 1994 Chevrolet Cavalier stolen from the Coquina Beach parking lot. According to the report, the woman met a friend at the park for a walk on the beach and when they returned her car was missing. She told police she left the windows rolled down and her purse in the trunk of the car, but had the keys with her.

Aug. 20, 400 Church St., Bradenton Beach Marina, criminal mischief. According to the report, sometime during the evening, someone climbed aboard an open cabin boat, removed a marine radio and threw it into the water.

Aug. 22, 1600 Gulf Drive S., Coquina Park, alcohol violation. Two teenage boys were arrested for possession of alcohol when an officer saw them drinking beer in the park.

Aug. 25, 100 block of First Street North, felony drug arrest. Jonathan Field, 16, of Bradenton Beach, was arrested for possession of 26 grams of marijuana. According to the report, an officer stopped Field for riding a three-wheel bike without lights. While patting down the suspect, the officer discovered the marijuana in Field's front pocket.

Aug. 25, 100 Gulf Drive N., Circle K, trespass warning. A woman was given a trespass warning after she reportedly began swearing and throwing things at other customers in the store.

Holmes Beach

Aug. 20, 3212 E. Bay Drive, Anna Maria Island Video, check. The owner of the video store reported receiving three bad checks from a customer.

Aug. 24, 100 block of 73rd Street, burglary. A man reported his briefcase stolen from his residence. According to the report, the doors to the home were unlocked, allowing the suspect to enter through the lanai and exit through the front door. According to the report, the briefcase contained credit cards, cash, car keys and a 9-mm Beretta handgun.

Aug. 25, 3600 block of Gulf Drive, driving on beach. A woman was arrested for resisting officers after she drove her vehicle onto the beach. According to the report, she drove around the beach access barricade, left her vehicle and was found rolling around in the sand. According to police, she became irate when officers asked for identification and was uncooperative in removing her vehicle from the beach and was subsequently arrested.

Aug. 26, 5600 block of Gulf Drive, dog attack. A juvenile reported that as he approached a woman walking her dog on a leash, the dog jumped at him, biting his pants and tearing his jeans. According to the report, the dog's vaccination records are current and the woman agreed to pay for the child's torn jeans.

Bradenton Beach police arrest cash-snatcher

Bradenton Beach Police apprehended Matthew Crawford, 34, at his home in Bradenton on charges of "robbery by sudden snatch."

A man fitting Crawford's description reportedly took $280 in cash from a female customer at the Circle K store, 101 Gulf Drive N., as she stood at the cashier's counter awaiting her change.

Approximately one week later, while making a drug arrest, Bradenton Beach Police Officer Eric Hill observed Crawford watching the arrest from a nearby yard and noted his resemblance to the robbery suspect's description.

An officer from another agency providing backup during the drug arrest obtained Crawford's identification information.

Based on the field information gained by these officers, Bradenton Beach Police Detective Sgt. Lenard Diaz said he was able to track Crawford to his home in Bradenton on Thursday, Aug. 27, where the arrest was made.

Crawford reportedly confessed to snatching the cash in addition to another theft. He also confessed to stealing a charity collection jar from the counter that contained approximately $10.

Diaz said that Crawford, while separated from his wife, was renting an apartment in the 100 block of Third Street North, only a few blocks from the police station.

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