Getaway vehicle loses door in Ellenton theft

May 20, 2013 

Getaway vehicle loses door in Ellenton theft

MANATEE -- Authorities don't have anyone in custody after a $700 shoplifting case at the Ellenton Outlet Mall Saturday, but they do have a piece of the getaway vehicle.

The suspects are believed to have fled from Aeropostale in a Dodge or Chrysler mini-van that lost its side door when the suspects made a quick getaway, according to a Manatee County Sheriff's Office report.

The van door is now evidence in the case, the report added.

A manager at the store told deputies that three male suspects entered the store shortly after 1 p.m. and selected approximately $700 worth of clothing.

The manager then saw the three run from the store, carrying the merchandise in a bag, the report states.

The manager got punched in the face as the suspects were making their getaway, the report adds.

Bones found on 75th Street W. are animal

MANATEE -- An array of bones discovered by a woman taking out her garbage in the 3900 block of 75th Street West were determined Monday to be the remains of an animal.

The woman called authorities at 8:13 p.m. Sunday after she saw what appeared to be several small bones making up a vertebrae scattered on the ground in front of the dumpster, according to a Manatee County Sheriff's Office report.

The crime investigation division, which sent crime scene personnel to the scene, analyzed the bones and determined they were not human, said Dave Bristow, a sheriff's office spokesman.

Charges pending against Myakka horse owner

MANATEE -- A horse owner faces possible cruelty to an animal charges regarding the condition of an underweight and ill horse discovered in Myakka City.

On Saturday at 2:29 p.m., a deputy with the Manatee County Sheriff's Office got a call to Myakka City about a horse found walking in the 2800 block of Verna Bethany Road, according to a sheriff's office report.

The deputy reported that the horse was underweight, had a cut on its left rear leg and had open sores.

The horse was a buckskin colored male stallion, which, the deputy guessed, had cut itself on barbed wire getting through a fence.

The deputy noted numerous open sores on the rear side quarters, noticeably visible ribs and hip bones and hooves in "desperate need" of trimming, the deputy stated in his report.

The deputy left word for the horse owner that the case is open and charges will be sought when it is determined that the owner has either rectified the situation or not, according to the report.

Woman charged with battery against elderly

MANATEE -- A 41-year-old Bradenton woman has been charged with domestic battery against a person age 65-years-old or older.

Lisa Renee Soward, who lists her address as the 3500 block of 32nd Street West, is alleged to have grabbed the arms of a 65-year-old family member and squeezed so hard it caused an abrasion and bruise to form on the victim's left arm, according to a Manatee County Sheriff's Office report.

The report indicates that the domestic disturbance began because Soward was recently sentenced to 10 days in jail on a driving while under the influence charge.

The victim told deputies that after confronting Soward about her drinking Soward got physical, the report states.

Soward was arrested Friday and posted a $2,500 bond Sunday to secure her release from the Manatee County jail, according to the sheriff's office website.

Young witness leads Manatee deputies to arrest

MANATEE -- A juvenile saw what he believed was a robbery taking place and his decision to inform his parents led to charges and an arrest of a suspect on Friday.

The juvenile told his father he saw two men enter a home in the 3300 block of 8th Street East and leave the home each carrying a TV under their arms, according to a Manatee County Sheriff's Office report.

The juvenile's father then saw a white Expedition back up into the driveway of a nearby vacant house where the suspects loaded the TVs into the vehicle, according to the report.

A deputy later located the suspect vehicle at the intersection of 5th Street East and 33rd Avenue East.

The witness was able to positively identify the defendant on a "show-up" of possible suspects.

Detectives believe Martin Aguilar, 21, of Bradenton, was one of the men involved in the burglary, according to the report.

The second suspect has not been located at this time and the property was not found in the vehicle, the report states.

Aguilar posted a $7,500 bond and was released from jail Saturday, according to the sheriff's office website

Woman without cab fare to Manatee charged

MANATEE -- A 26-year-old woman from Holyhill, Fl. was charged with petit larceny and arrested after she couldn't pay her cab fair to Manatee County from Tampa.

Jamie Carver allegedly took a taxi cab from Tampa to the Walmart at 6225 State Road 64 at 4 p.m. Saturday, a ride which ran up a $178 cab fare.

But she didn't have the money to pay when she arrived, according to a Manatee County Sheriff's Office report.

The report states that there was one other person who took the ride with Carver and was charged but information on that person was in the report.

Carver and the co-defendant told the taxi driver from Auto Plus Cab Company in Tampa that someone waiting for them was going to pay the fare.

But no one was waiting, the report stated.

-- Herald staff reports

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