Suspect arrested in 21 Parrish car burglaries

HERALD STAFF REPORTMarch 7, 2014 

MANATEE -- A 21-year-old Parrish man who told authorities he was part of "a crew" that broke into vehicles in the Parrish area the last few months has been charged with car burglaries in Kingsfield, Chelsea Oaks and River Plantation.

Forrest Bellew was arrested Thursday and remained in the Manatee County jail Friday subject to bonds totalling $111,500 based on 21 vehicle burglary charges and charges for possessing ammunition by a convicted felon, according to a Manatee County Sheriff's Office arrest report.

After he was arrested, Bellew told detectives he had met Julian Williams, also from Parrish, about a month ago in the neighborhood.

"He said Julian had a crew and they were responsible for the majority of the burglaries in the area," a detective's report states.

Bellew told detectives "they had been all through" Kingsfield. He said he had committed a burglary on 122nd Terrace East in Chelsea Oaks a couple of weeks ago.

Bellew also reported that a few weeks ago he and Williams got $75 out of one car in River Plantation between 126th and 128th avenues east.

By the time they were done burglarizing vehicles in River Plantation, the total amount taken was $130, which he and Williams split, the report states.

Bellew's father provided authorities access to his son's bedroom, and inside they found two digital cameras, two pair of Oakley sunglasses and 11 Winchester .38 caliber bullets, the report states.

Bellew's prior record includes 13 felony convictions in Orange County, Fla., on July 25, 2012, making his possession of ammunition a felony, the report states.

Williams was arrested on Feb. 27, but the sheriff's website doesn't make clear what his charges were or if he is still in custody.

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