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Date of Issue: February 16, 2006

Streetlife

Cop car heister suspect arrested

A man arrested and charged with stealing two marked police cars in South Manatee County last month was arrested by Holmes Beach police in January for attempting to break into an ATM machine at Cafe on the Beach, the restaurant at the Manatee Public Beach.

Jonathan Colon-Garcia, 18, was arrested by Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputies and charged with stealing the cop cars, one from Tampa, another from Sarasota, from outside two officers’ homes. One of the vehicles contained the officer’s weapons, an assault rifle, a handgun and a Taser stun-gun.

The vehicles were later recovered, but the guns have not yet been located.

The investigation is continuing, according to deputies.

 

Anna Maria

No reports.

Bradenton Beach

Jan. 30, 301 Gulf Drive S., Shell Land, theft. A manager reported the night deposit bag missing.

Jan. 30, 111 Seventh St. N., Jesse’s Bar, burglary. The owner of the bar reported that the back door had been forced open and money stolen from the register.

Feb. 7, Second Street and Bay Drive North, drug arrest. Joseph Russell, 30, of Bradenton Beach, was stopped for driving through a stop sign. According to the report, Russell’s driver’s license was already suspended due to a previous drug charge. Upon arrest, a plastic bag containing cocaine was reportedly found in the suspect’s pocket.

Holmes Beach

Feb. 3, 3007 Gulf Drive, Anchor Inn, theft. A man reported his bike was stolen after he left it in front of the business.

Feb. 4, 200 block of 54th Street, fraud. A resident reported paying a man to replace his hurricane windows, but the work had not yet been done.

Feb. 4, 200 block of 58th Street, disturbance. Two roommates got into a verbal argument.

Feb. 6, 3007 Gulf Drive, Anchor Inn, battery. According to the report, a bartender was assaulted by a customer whom he had asked to leave.

Feb. 6, 3248 E. Bay Drive, Walgreens, theft. A man was accused of placing items under his jacket, but when an officer checked, no store items were found in his possession. The man was given a trespass warning.

Feb. 6, 5900 block of Flotilla, burglary. A homeowner reported finding the sliding-glass door on his second-story balcony partially open.

Feb. 6, 500 block of 71st Street, criminal mischief. A man reported damage to the panel above a front tire of his vehicle.

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