May 27, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria Sheriff’s Office substation, found property. A bike was found left beside the substation door.
May 27, 877 N. Shore Drive, Rod & Reel Motel, hit-and-run. A white car was reportedly seen driving very fast into the parking lot and a witness reported hearing a loud crash. The driver of the white car allegedly hit a parked pickup truck and fled the scene, leaving behind a hubcap. According to the report, the driver returned to the scene 20 minutes later to retrieve the hubcap, only to find deputies still on the scene. The defendant, George Simons, was cited for careless driving and given a field sobriety test, which he reportedly failed.
May 28. 100 Mangrove Ave. on the beach, indecent exposure. Three women reported a white male, approximately 40 years old, was lying nude on the beach near them. The man was issued a capias warrant for indecent exposure.
May 29, 100 block of Willow Avenue, criminal mischief. A man reported a window of his home broken.
May 30, 875 N. Shore Drive, Rod & Reel Pier, assist other agency. A military-style flare emitting a cloud of white smoke was seen floating under the fishing pier. The U.S. Coast Guard was contacted regarding what was reportedly a U.S. Navy MK 58 Flare. Contact was also made with the U.S. Air Force, which then activated an explosive ordinance disposal team to take custody of the flare for proper disposal. According to the report, it’s unknown which military branch was responsible for the flare that had apparently been used for training purposes.
May 21, 1800 Gulf Drive N., Coquina Park, traffic/drug arrest. Israel Hampton, 33, of Bradenton, was stopped for a traffic violation. According to the report, the officer discovered Hampton did not have a driver’s license, but he did have a marijuana cigarette and a Sarasota County warrant for his arrest.
May 25, 1800 Gulf Drive N., Coquina Park, false name. During a routine traffic stop, a 19-year-old was arrested for providing officers with a false name. According to the report, his true identity was determined utilizing booking photos at the jail. He reportedly was wanted on five outstanding warrants.
May 26, 2800 block of Gulf Drive North, warrant. A Brandon man was arrested on a Broward County warrant.
May 28, 2000 Gulf Drive S., Coquina Park, concealed firearm/drugs. An officer stopped a vehicle due to the loud volume of its stereo. The officer reported seeing in plain view a bag of marijuana between the driver and passenger. Upon further investigation, the passenger, Tyron Harris, 24, of Palmetto, was found to be in possession of eight more bags of marijuana and a large sum of cash. A 9-mm pistol was also found between the passenger seat and door. According to the report, the gun was loaded with a bullet in the chamber. Harris does not have a concealed weapons permit. The driver was cited for the loud stereo use.
May 27, 3800 block of Cortez Road, driver’s license. A man was arrested for driving without a license.
May 27, 3800 block of Cortez Road, driver’s license. A man was arrested for driving with a suspended license.
May 27, 500 block of 69th Street, theft. A white cooler was reportedly stolen off a boat kept behind a residence.
May 27, 5300 block of Gulf Drive, information. A man was arrested for providing police with a false name during a traffic stop.
May 28, 4000 block of Gulf Drive, license. A man was arrested for driving without a license.
May 28, 100 block of 72nd Street, license. During an investigation of a traffic accident, a driver was charged with driving with a suspended license and was arrested on a Hillsborough County warrant.
May 29, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach, theft. A man reported leaving his wallet at the cafe and when he returned to retrieve it, the cash was missing.
May 30, 4600 block of Gulf Drive, license. A woman was arrested for driving with a suspended license and charged for having an open container of alcohol in her vehicle. She was also cited for failing to yield while making a left turn, causing an accident.
May 31, 500 block of Key Royale Drive, theft. A homeowner reported the theft of a sun-shaped sculpture that was hanging on the front of his house.
June 1, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach, burglary. A man reported the keys, cell phone and T-shirt he left on the front seat of his unlocked vehicle were stolen.