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POLICE BRIEFS: Arrests made in appliance robberies

MANATEE — Three Bradenton men have been arrested and charged with grand theft and dealing in stolen property in connection with the theft of more than $1,000 worth of appliances at Freedom Village senior residence, according to a Bradenton Police Department report.

David Snyder, 36, John Anthony Yoswe, 27, and John Baumgarten, 24, employees at the residence in the 6500 block of 17th Avenue West, were suspected of stealing new appliances, the report said. They told police that one man served as a lookout while the others removed the appliances, the report said.

The appliances were taken to Bill’s Discount Center appliances store, the report said. At the store Jimmy Lake said he bought the appliances for more than $200, according to the report.

The three men told police that they did not tell Lake that the appliances were stolen, the report said.

The appliances were later returned to Freedom Village, where they were valued at more than $1,000, the report said.

The three posted bond of $2,000 each, according to the sheriff’s department Web site.

Robbery reported at Conquistador Village

MANATEE — A man who attempted but failed to cover his face with a T-shirt approached Jack Aguero at Conquistador Village Apartments, and ordered him to the ground at gun point Sunday, according to a report from the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

The robber then took Aguero’s wallet with $150, a bank card and driver’s license; the robber also took $1 in cash from a second victim before fleeing on foot through the complex in the 5900 block of 36th Street West, according to the report.

The robber escaped despite deputies’ efforts to track him with a police dog, the report said.

Tips lead to arrest of burglary suspect

MANATEE — Residents at a home in the 2700 block of 17th Street East called to report a man in his 20s had cut the screening and entered a porch of the residence; but before he entered the residence, he was startled and left, fleeing in a black-and-gray, older model Chevy pickup, according to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report.

Later, another caller said another burglary was in progress in the 1900 block of 45th Street Court East, the report said. Witnesses saw a man leave the residence with property and flee in a black-and-gray older model Chevy pickup, the report said.

A deputy was still investigating the first burglary and had been told that the truck was parked on the 1700 block of 27th Avenue East, the report said.

The suspect was in the process of hiding the truck under a tarp and spray-painting it black, it said. Police surrounded the residence, a man was confronted in the front yard and James Bradley Moore, 21, was arrested, the report said.

Angry banking customer crushed $80 tube

MANATEE — Officials at Bank of America in the 4500 block of 14th Street West reported that someone tried to cash a check at the bank, but was told that she no longer had an account there and that the teller could not cash it, according to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report.

The person became upset and snatched the teller tube, placed it under her vehicle and ran over it, crushing it, the report said.

Then she fled, it said.

The value of the crushed teller tube was estimated at $80, the report said.

— Sara Kennedy