MANATEE — A man was charged with felony theft after police witnessed him select a DVD box set from a shelf at a Target store, open it with his fingers and conceal it in a white bag he carried marked with the store’s logo, according to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report.
The defendant was able to slip through all the checkout counters at the store, 6000 block of 14th Street West, but was stopped by police and arrested Saturday at its front door, according to the report.
The defendant had five prior convictions for theft, the report stated.
Man backed into sheriff’s vehicle, report said
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MANATEE — Matthew William Mylett, 23, who failed field sobriety tests, backed his truck into a sheriff’s office vehicle and was arrested with suspicion of DUI, according to a sheriff’s report.
The Sunday incident occurred in the 12000 block of State Road 64 East and caused $2,000 worth of damage to the sheriff’s vehicle, the report said.
“During a vehicle stop for reckless driving and driving without headlights, Mylett backed his 2003 Ford F-150 into MCSO vehicle 619,” the report read. The sheriff’s vehicle was issued to Josetta Coleman, it said.
After knocking over baked goods, man charged
MANATEE — A man who knocked a display tray of cookies and brownies off the counter was charged with battery after an incident at a 7-Eleven store in the 8600 block of Cortez Road, according to a report from the sheriff’s office.
A couple entered the 7-Eleven store, where a sales clerk saw the woman conceal something, possibly a can of macaroni, in her purse, the report said.
The female shopper was also eating an ice cream treat that had not yet been purchased, it said. When the sales clerk told her to pay for the ice cream and leave, the customer’s companion became irate and knocked the display tray off the counter, the report said.
Homeowners burglarized while serving time in jail
BRADENTON — While two homeowners were in jail, their residence was burglarized on two separate occasions, according to a sheriff’s report.
The burglary was reported Saturday, but it was said to have occurred between Sept. 4 and Saturday, when it was reported in the 5300 block of 19th Avenue West.
Someone entered the privacy fence and removed a lock from the side door of the residence, the report said.
A person or persons then removed multiple items, carrying them out and loading them into a red, two-door Chrysler Sebring, the report said.
On another occasion, two men were seen removing tools from the residence and loading them into a black pickup decorated with a rebel flag.
“Because the victims are in jail, it’s unknown what was taken from the home,” the deputy reported Saturday. “A case card and property sheets were left for the homeowners to fill out when they get released.”
— Sara Kennedy