Tow zone | Banana Factory on Cortez burglarized | Whole new definition of ‘rip off’ for Shake Pit | Key Royale retiree arrested for abuse, fighting with cops
April 8, 600 block of Gladstone Lane, Holmes Beach, assist other agency. A deputy assisted a Holmes Beach Police officer with a domestic battery investigation in which a person involved became violent toward the officer.
April 11, 1501 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach, Gulfstream Resort, assist other agency. A deputy assisted with a domestic disturbance in which a juvenile became upset with her stepfather for asking her to cease making cell-phone calls.
April 12, 400 block of Pine Avenue, burglary. Materials for adjacent residences under construction were stolen from a ground-level residence.
April 8, Third Street North and Gulf Drive North, domestic violence. A man was arrested for allegedly becoming physically abusive toward his girlfriend.
April 9, 100 block of Gulf Drive North, drug arrest. Kevin Carey, 29, of Bradenton, was arrested for possession of cocaine and marijuana after an officer witnessed the suspect allegedly attempt to sell the drugs to a female in the parking lot of the Circle K.
April 7, 200 block of 72nd Street, theft. Tools were reportedly stolen from a construction site.
April 8, 600 block of Gladstone Lane, battery. A man was arrested for battery on a law enforcement officer when the suspect became physically abusive toward an officer investigating a domestic abuse allegation. According to the report, the man was also charged with obstruction without violence for attempting to hinder the investigation, resisting arrest with violence, and domestic battery. The wife was given a domestic violence packet and allowed to stay in the home when a local shelter contacted by the officer refused to admit her.
April 8, 3248 E. Bay Drive, Walgreens, theft. A man reported his bike stolen.
April 9, 600 block of Baronet Lane, burglary. Several items including construction tools and home electronics were reportedly stolen from a residence.
April 12, 3300 Gulf Drive, beach access, criminal mischief. A bench and several signs were knocked down.
April 12, 3600 block of Fourth Avenue, criminal mischief. Two sliding-glass doors of a home under construction were reportedly damaged.
There were no injuries when two cars collided at the intersection of East Bay Drive and Manatee Avenue Wednesday, April 12, although both cars had to be towed from the scene. A northbound driver was stopped at the traffic light, and proceeded to make a left turn when the light turned green, when an eastbound driver on Manatee Avenue drove through the red light, according to police, and hit the front of the other vehicle. Islander Photo: Rebecca Barnett
Banana Factory on Cortez burglarized
The Banana Factory Too at 10100 Cortez Rd. W. in the Bantam Shopping Plaza was broken into sometime during the night of April 9 and more than $7,000 in cash taken.
According to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report of the incident, someone entered the establishment and turned off an alarm system, then pried open the office door and took about $7,000 from a safe inside. There were no signs of forced entry to the bar or the safe, the report said.
The MCSO is continuing its investigation, according to the report.
Whole new definition of ‘rip off’ for Shake Pit
A highly motivated robber, or probably robbers, took an unconventional approach in a robbery of a popular Bradenton eatery last week - they literally dragged the safe out through a wall and towed it behind their escape vehicle.
Bradenton Police Department officers said someone wrapped a chain around the safe at the Shake Pit, 3801 Manatee Ave., in the early morning hours of April 12 and ripped it out through the wall.
Debbie and Bob Crowe, Holmes Beach residents and owners of the Shake Pit, estimated damage and receipts lost at $12,000.
The investigation continues by police.
Key Royale retiree arrested for abuse, fighting with cops
Donald Schofield, 77, of the 600 block of Gladstone Lane on Key Royale in Holmes Beach, took on the cops - and lost.
Schofield was arrested April 8 following an altercation with a Holmes Beach police officer and two Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputies from the MCSO’s Anna Maria substation.
The law enforcement officers had gone to Gladstone’s Key Royale home that day after his wife Marion went to the Holmes Beach police station and claimed Schofield had struck her. She also alleged that Schofield had attempted to restrain her from leaving the house after he had refused her identification, medications, walking cane and clothing.
According to the police report, while officers were attempting to interview Donald Schofield, he struck Officer Ron Cales of the Holmes Beach police on the face, head, arms, hands and chest. He then attempted to remove MCSO Deputy Beau Griner’s handgun.
The officers subdued Schofield and he was arrested for battery on a law enforcement officer, domestic battery, obstruction of a lawful investigation and resisting arrest with violence. He taken to the Manatee County jail.
According to court records, Schofield was arrested previously in January 2004 for battery, but the charges were later dropped.