Manatee Sheriff: Bradenton man admits to stealing safe from A.P. Bell Fish Co.


A Bradenton man was charged with stealing a safe in early May from A.P. Bell Fish Co. where he worked as a handyman, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

Brock Bobby Shepherd, 30, was arrested at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday in the 12300 block of 46th Avenue West, Cortez.

On the morning of May 3, Shepherd appeared to be an emotional state when he went to the home of the victim, who owns A.P. Bell Fish Co. According to the sheriff’s office, Shepherd told the victim he had messed up and broken into her office overnight and stolen the office safe. Shepherd said he climbed onto the air conditioner tube, went through the office window, stole the safe and left through the front office door. The victim told Shepherd he needed to return the stolen safe and he left, a report states.

Deputies said Shepherd returned with the safe. It had been drilled open and $120 in cash was missing. After the safe was returned, Shepherd was fired.

During the investigation, deputies came across several pieces of equipment Shepherd had stolen from A.P. Bell Fish Co., according to the report. Deputies said Shepherd was arrested as a suspect for several sheriff’s office cases. Shepherd reportedly admitted to stealing the safe from A.P. Bell Fish Co. He told deputies he used the “little bit of cash inside the safe” to buy drugs.

The number of open cases and investigations involving Shepherd created the lapse between the crimes and the arrest, the sheriff’s office said.

Shepherd was charged with burglary and held in Manatee County jail without bond, according to the sheriff’s office website.