Police: Man confesses to several Bradenton car burglaries


Joseph Koria

— A man has confessed to several car burglaries committed in the past two days, police said.

The Bradenton Police Department first began investigating just after 6 a.m. Thursday after six vehicles at the Hampton Inn and Suites, 309 10th Street West, had a side window broken out, according to a report.

Then, at about 8:07 a.m., officers responded to the 100 block of 1st Avenue West, were several more vehicles were broken into in the same manner, police said.

Then around 12:59 a.m. Friday, officers discovered several more vehicles broken into in the 400 block of 13th Street West, also in the same manner.

About an hour and a half later, in the 900 block of 13th Street West, officers encountered John Koria, 32, of Bradenton, who initially gave them a false name, according to the report.

Officers determined Koria had in his possession property that had been taken from some of the burglarized vehicles, as well as “large pieces of ceramic material ... which was used to break out windows in some of the vehicles,” the report states.

Koria was taken into custody and later interviewed at the police department, at which he confessed to committing several of the burglaries, police said.

Koria is charged with one count of felony burglary to a conveyance, one county of felony possession of burglary tools and one count of giving a false name, a misdemeanor. The investigation is ongoing, and further charges are pending, according to police.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call Bradenton Police Detective Troy Masterson at 941-932-9373, or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000, call Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-866-634-8477 (TIPS), or send an anonymous E-Tip at www.manateecrimestoppers.com.

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