Man arrested in series of Manatee County burglaries

MANATEE — The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jesse Woodson, 21, Wednesday in connection with two burglaries that occurred the day before, according to an arrest report.

A woman called 911 about noon Tuesday after she heard a crash coming from a neighbor’s backyard and an alarm go off in the 100 block of 46th Street West.

The witness saw a man in the neighbor’s backyard and managed to get a description of him, his green Jeep and told deputies his license plate began with the letter E, the report said.

The second burglary that day occurred in the 5700 block of 14th Street West. The father of the homeowner witnessed saw a man in his daughter’s yard and confronted him.

A deputy who had been investigating the second burglary saw a green Jeep soon afterward with a Florida tag that began with the letter E. The report said the tag came back to Woodson and a drivers license photo, updated in November, came back to show a man fitting Woodson’s description.

The witness of the second burglary was shown a photo line up with Woodson’s photo and “without hesitation picked Woodson out of the line-up,” the release said.

Woodson was contacted and agreed to speak to deputies at the sheriff’s office Wednesday, the report said. He confessed to the burglaries along with four that he committed in Bradenton.

Woodson said he had a drug relapse two weeks ago and was breaking into houses to feed his addiction. He said he would knock on the doors of the houses and if no one answered he’d break in, if someone did answer he’d make up an excuse for being there, according to the sheriff’s report.

Woodson pointed out the other burglary sites to deputies, the report said, and claimed he committed more burglaries but was unable to give details of where the homes were. He also was unable to recall what he stole from the residences but he said he generally took jewelry and money.

Woodson had been charged with nine counts of burglary and is in Manatee County jail on a $77,500 bond.