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Date of Issue: March 30, 2005

Streetlife

Anna Maria

No reports.

Bradenton Beach

Aug. 28, 2400 block of Gulf Drive North, false report. Police responding to a traffic crash received false information from the driver and passenger of a vehicle that hit the rear of another vehicle. According to the report, the male driver told police he was a passenger and the female identified herself as the driver at fault. Witnesses reported that the male was driving, and when confronted by the officer, the male stated he lied because he was not listed as a driver on the rental car agreement.

Aug. 29, 1000 block of Gulf Drive North, burglary. A man reported that 52 gallons of gas was siphoned from his boat.

Holmes Beach

Aug. 27, 300 block of 65th Street, theft. A man reported that his son stole a checkbook from his bedroom.

Aug. 28, 5626 Gulf Drive, Harrington House Bed and Breakfast Inn, burglary. Approximately $800 in cash was reportedly stolen from a bank bag kept in the office.

Aug. 28, 200 block of Haverkos Court, disturbance. According to the report, a woman became locked out of her friend's home when she went to retrieve an item from her car. The woman told police she heard her friends arguing inside the residence and began beating on the window next to the door to get their attention. According to the report, the window broke and cut the woman's wrist.

Aug. 30, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach, burglary. A man reported his cash and prescription pills stolen from his car.

Aug. 30, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach Police Department, suspicious person. A woman was given an identity-theft packet after she reportedly learned from her car insurance company that a man in another state had used her social security number to file a car insurance claim.

Aug. 30, 5900 block of Flotilla Drive, criminal mischief. According to the report, the front windshield, back window and side mirror of a front-end loader were cracked. The equipment is being used by Energy Resources to dredge the Holmes Beach canals.

Aug. 31, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach, drug arrest. Brian Lynch, 20, of Valrico, was arrested for possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and alcohol under the age of 21. According to the report, Lynch was seen on the beach after closing and was approached by an officer on patrol. At that time, the officer arrested Lynch for possession of alcohol and, during the arrest, found him in possession of a marijuana pipe reportedly still warm from use. The officer found marijuana inside Lynch's cigarette pack.

Sept. 1, 500 block of 74th Street, theft. A man reported that a house guest stole four checks from his checkbook and attempted to cash one of the checks for $1,500 at Amscott. The woman was reportedly arrested by Bradenton police while attempting to cash the check.

Sept. 2, 5300 block of Gulf Drive, DUI. Joseph Gruszeczka, 43, of Anna Maria, was arrested for driving under the influence after officers stopped him for attempting to take a curve while speeding and crossing the center line of the road. According to the report, the officer stopped Gruszeczka on the east side of the Anna Maria Island Bridge on Manatee Avenue. According to the report, Gruszeczka refused a field sobriety test, and indicated that he was intoxicated.

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