A roundup of this week's most interesting police reports from Manatee County.
PRICE FOR HONESTY $60
11000 block of State Road 70 East, Bradenton
Found Property: The Sheriff's Department was contacted by a grocery store after a customer found $60 in the parking lot and turned it into the store's customer service desk. The man left his phone number with the store in case nobody claimed the money. The grocery store has a policy to turn over all found money over $50 to law enforcement, which it did. The money was turned into property and evidence. A deputy tried to contact the man who left his phone number, but several attempts went unanswered.
CRASH COURSE IN FLYING
5200 Verna Bethany Road, Myakka City
Information only: The Sheriff's Office was contacted after a Cessna 172 with two people aboard landed on a dirt road. The pilot, who was given a lesson to a student, said he was experiencing engine trouble. Neither occupant was injured and the aircraft did not suffer any structural damage. The pilot felt he couldn't make it to the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport due to a loss of engine power. The aircraft was held until the FAA could complete an inspection.
CRIME COULD BE ACT ONE
5500 block of Simonton Street, Bradenton
Criminal Mischief: A business owner called the Sheriff's Office to report someone had come on the property and spray painted the lenses of their surveillance cameras. Nothing was stolen and nothing else was damaged but the victim was concerned the person might come back. A case number was issued.
SMOKEY BEAR WOULD BE MAD
15000 block of Searobbin Drive, Bradenton
Information only: The Sheriff's Office was contacted after three children were playing with a lighter when they started a grass fire behind the home. They tried to stomp the fire out and it got away from them. The fire department was called to put out the fire but there was damage to a fence and smoke damage to the back porch. A case number was issued so the juveniles could be placed in a fire class. No charges were issued.
EXPENSIVE RING SLIPS AWAY
7800 block of Rosehall Circle, Bradenton
Lost Property: The man called the Sheriff's Office after his wife could not find her $12,500 wedding ring. She said she had been working with cooking oil so the ring could have fallen into the recycle bin or somewhere else in the house. The insurance company requested a report be made to law enforcement.