Bradenton business owner sniffs out crime attempt

HERALD STAFF REPORTDecember 13, 2013 

Stephen Aaron

MANATEE -- When the owner and developer of The Cottages at San Casciano came into his office to close his business for the evening around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, he observed something suspicious, he later told authorities.

He saw a white pickup truck pulling a concrete pump enter the subdivision, which is at 413 San Lorenzo Court, he reported to the Bradenton Police Department.

The truck drove to the back of the subdivision and parked in a lot that was under construction, the owner told detectives.

The problem was this particular lot was not having any concrete work done, and the owner knew it.

A suspect, later identified as 32-year-old Stephen Aaron of Bradenton, was the person the owner saw inside one of the structures, according to a police report.

The owner observed for awhile, then decided to confront the suspect, the report states.

Standing just outside the lot, Aaron picked up a large kitchen-style knife that was lying in the dirt next to his feet as he was confronted by the owner, the report states.

Aaron reportedly told the owner he was there to pour footers for a pool.

The owner told him the concrete company he represents is not currently hired to do any jobs in the neighborhood and he should leave the area immediately, the report states.

Aaron left without incident, the report states.

The next morning, the owner came in to discover an attempt had been made to cut copper lines, the report states.

Aaron's employer told authorities that Aaron had no jobs assigned to him that were remotely in the area of San Lorenzo Court, the report states.

The Bradenton Police Department has charged Aaron with burglary with an assault, believing he was in the process of attempting to cut the copper lines when confronted by the owner, the report states.

Aaron was arrested Wednesday and released from the Manatee County jail Thursday after posting a $5,120 bond, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office website.

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