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Car burglary reported at DeSoto park

MANATEE — A woman visiting the DeSoto National Memorial had her car burglarized Sunday, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

Around 1:30 p.m., the victim reported someone had broken into her car, which was locked at the memorial at 8300 DeSoto Memorial Highway, a sheriff’s report said.

The perpetrators forced their way into the car, pried back the rear seat to access the trunk and stole a purse and wallet, the report said.

No suspects were seen or known at this time, the report said.

Though there were no witnesses to the crime, the park has several cameras mounted on trees that may have recorded the crime; however, a park ranger told a deputy that the parking lot cameras weren’t functioning because the trees had recently been struck by lightning.

Palmetto woman, 75, reports home burglary

MANATEE — A 75-year-old Palmetto woman reported that she was the victim of a home burglary Sunday.

The victim, who lives in the 100 block of 20th Street East, told a Manatee County Sheriff’s deputy that a man entered her house by prying the door on the east side of the home.

Once inside, the man ransacked the home, the report said. At this time, it is not known if any items were taken.

The report doesn’t say if the victim was in the house at the time of the burglary or if she heard details of the break-in from a neighbor.

The perpetrator fled in a white unknown type of vehicle eastbound on 20th Street, the report said.

— Richard Dymond

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