Crime

Two arrested, linked to several Manatee burglaries

MANATEE -- Two men have been arrested in connection with several November burglaries in Manatee, the sheriff’s office reports.

Aaron Woodie, 20, was arrested Monday and Gary Moore, 19, was put in custody Nov. 30, according to an arrest report.

The string of burglaries began Nov. 4 when Woodie entered a home in the 4300 block of 70th Street Circle East in Palmetto by creating a hole in a screen to access a screened in lanai, according to a report. Once inside, according to an arrest report, he pried open the sliding glass doors and gained entry into the home.

The report said a safe filled with personal documents of the victim, jewelry, a Canon EOS Rebel camera and a Toshiba laptop were among the items taken.

On Nov. 6, the safe was found in a Dumpster in the 5600 block of 14th Street West. One of the envelopes inside the safe was ripped in half, the report stated, and contained an envelope that officials later said contained Woodie’s finger prints.

Twenty days later, Woodie sold the camera to Cash America, a pawn shop in the 5400 block of 14th Street West for $300, the report said.

As deputies waited for the results of the finger prints to come in, Woodie broke in to two other homes, according to the report. One in the 8900 block of River Preserve Drive in Bradenton on Nov. 22 where a shotgun, several pieces of jewelry, two iPods and a 52-inch LCD TV were among the items taken. And the other in the 3900 block of Douglas Hill Place in Parrish on Nov. 29 where a .22-caliber pistol, $4,000 worth of jewelry, an xBox 360 with games, three digital cameras and a black Jeep bag were taken, the report stated.

Moore was arrested Nov. 30 after committing two other residential burglaries, one of them involving a stolen firearm, reports stated.

On the same day it was determined Woodie’s finger prints were found at the other burglaries and a search warrant was issued for his car. The iPod was found in his backpack with the same serial number as the one that was stolen, the report said.

During a search of Woodie’s home, two of the stolen cameras were discovered, according to the report, which also stated one of cameras had a photo showing Woodie sitting on a couch holding an xBox game and sitting next to a black Jeep bag.

Moore was charged with armed burglary and burglary and was released on Dec. 4 on a $25,000 bond. Woodie has been charged with six counts of burglary, among other charges. He is currently in Manatee County jail on bonds totaling $214,500.

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