Suncoast: Detectives are investigating multiple burglaries that happened overnight
On Sunday night at around 11 p.m., it was reported that an employee at Action Kawasaki at 2705 1st Street East, Bradenton received an alert of entry to the front door of the business. Once arriving at the business, the victim saw a small U-Haul van and a white Toyota Corolla parked in the O’Reilly Auto Parts parking lot on the south side of 28th Avenue East. One of the suspects, a B/M juvenile with red shorts, approximately 5’6”, thin build with short afro, dropped one of the three KTM dirt bikes taken and ran East on 28th Avenue East. The other five suspects (black males wearing black hoodies and gloves), climbed into the two vehicles and fled east on 28th Ave. The burglars took three Kawasaki Green and White dirt bikes and two KTM Orange and white dirt bikes. The total value of dirt bikes taken was over $20,000. (Case # 2020-013918)
At approximately 11:10 p.m., deputies observed approximately 15 vehicles, occupied by multiple juveniles and young adults, driving into the AMC movie theater parking lot, located at 5125 26th St. They immediate fled the area Westbound on 53rd Ave, E. when they saw law enforcement.
At approximately 11:30 a.m., deputies observed the same amount AMC and the Target parking lot at 6150 14th St W. before the vehicles fled Southbound on 14th St W.
A little over one hour later (12:45 am) approximately 30 suspects wearing hoodies, gloves and backpacks exiting 8 or 9 of the vehicles (silver Cadillac, a white Dodge sedan and a black Hyundai SUV) attempted to break into J&M Gun Repair at 2220 Whitfield Park Dr. The exterior glass door was broken but the steel security door remained intact. No property was removed from the business. (Case # 2020-013923)
At approximately 1:28 a.m., the Bradenton Police Department requested MCSO’s assistance due to suspects in multiple occupied vehicles looting and breaking into businesses in downtown Bradenton. (BPD cases)
During the same time frame, deputies responded to the Desoto Square Mall at 303 301 Blvd. W. for a disturbance call and people trying to break into the Mall. (Case # 2020-013927) Upon arrival, deputies noticed the food court had been broken into. Miscellaneous items, shirts and jewelry, were strewn about the parking lot and the food court area of the mall. Windows at the Champs were also broken. The vehicles involved (approximately 15) fled the area in an unknown direction before MCSO arrived on scene. Surveillance footage showed multiple black males shatter the window to the Champs and proceed to ransack the store, removing an unknown amount of clothes and shoes. A crowbar was located just inside beyond the broken window. Desoto Gold and Piercing Pagoda kiosks were also damaged and appeared to have items missing.
At approximately 1:40 a.m. Sunday, deputies responded to a Criminal Mischief call at the AMC movie theater where the front glass was broken to gain access. (Case # 2020-013923) Video surveillance footage evidence was obtained, showing approximately 15 vehicles in the parking lot during the incident and multiple subjects committing the crime. Several black males were observed exiting the vehicles and walking towards the front doors of the business. One of them (thin build with a dark blue or black long sleeve hoodie with red lettering in the back, a white t-shirt underneath, black Adidas track suit pants, white socks and black shoes, with blonde dreads) used a baseball bat to break the glass door panels.
Deputies have identified suspects in each of these incidents including 4 juveniles who were in possession of baseball bats believed to have been used in at least one of the mentioned burglaries. Those juveniles were also driving a stolen vehicle. They were arrested on multiple charges. (Case# 2020-013856)
Anyone with information on these cases is asked to contact the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office at
(941) 747-3011 or Crime Stoppers at (866) 634-TIPS.