The following information was gathered from incident and arrest reports obtained from the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.
9:30 p.m. — 8700 block of Monterey Bay Loop. Burglary to an unoccupied conveyance. Unknown suspect(s) entered through the vehicle’s unlocked driver’s side doors. While inside, the suspect(s) stole property. The suspect(s) then fled the scene in an unknown direction by unknown means.
4:11 p.m. — 8330 Market St. (Publix). Theft. An unknown white male in his 50s or 60s approached the victim while she was shopping at the grocery store. The suspect distracted her by telling her he was throwing a party and didn’t know what kind of cheese to buy. He then asked if she could help him. The victim agreed and as they were looking at the different types of cheeses, another unknown white male in his 30s approached. He took the victim’s shopping cart, which had her purse in it, and pushed it down a nearby aisle. When the victim realized her cart was missing, the first suspect acted as though he was helping her by pointing down a different aisle then the second subject went down. The first suspect then quickly walked away.
10:30 a.m. — 6600 block of 261st Street E. Burglary to an unoccupied dwelling. The victim came home and noticed his back door was open and there was glass everywhere. The glass pane next to the deadbolt had been busted out with an unknown object and the deadbolt was open. The scene was processed for prints. There was a total of $3,200 in property stolen from the residence. All the residences in the vicinity are vacant. The victim’s son stated two suspicious men came to the house on Friday asking about a lost dog. The victim stated he believes they may be involved.
Reported March 8
12:28 p.m. — 34300 block of 142nd Avenue E. Missing person. The complainant reported she last heard from her daughter last month via text messages. Her daughter was living with her boyfriend, and the complainant had the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office check the house last month. The house is vacant with a Realtor’s lock on the door. The daughter has a baby with her and has had cancer. The complainant has called the ex-boyfriend, and he is not cooperative. He told the complainant he threw the phone into a pond. The complainant has called her daughter’s cell phone and it goes to voicemail and is pinging off of a cell tower around Myakka City. The complainant will send a letter detailing what she knows. The complainant had no knowledge of any violent history involving the daughter.
4 a.m. — 2911 53rd Ave. E. (Walmart). Grand theft. An unknown black male and black female exited the store with multiple unpaid items in their shopping cart. The store manager confronted the two suspects outside while they were loading the stolen items into their vehicle. The two suspects then fled the scene in the suspect vehicle toward State Road 70. Stolen merchandise is valued at $1,150.
6:30 p.m. — 7290 55th Ave. E. (Publix). Theft. The victim stated she put her purse down on the floor in the produce department and forgot to pick it back up. She realized her purse was gone at the checkout counter. Publix employees helped her look for her purse in the store. The purse was found in aisle four in an unknown person(s) shopping cart that was full of groceries. The victim reclaimed her purse, but her wallet and its contents were missing. The manager said he needs permission from corporate to release the video. The victim was given a case number.
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