Bradenton barstool thief goes on a rampage

A 23-year-old Bradenton man is facing multiple counts of felony criminal mischief after stealing a barstool from one business and using it to vandalize several businesses near the 4900 block of 14th Street West.

According to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, Isaiah Bostic was arrested just before 4 a.m. on July 16.

Deputies say Bostic started his rampage at the Totally Vape and Smoke Shop, proceeded to Little Cesar’s Pizza, Cricket Wireless, Ker’s Wing House, Gold Rush Arcade and Cricket Wireless where he smashed the windows out of all of the businesses.

Deputies say Bostic used the barstool he stole from one of the businesses to do the bulk of the damage.

Bostic was booked into the Manatee County jail on five counts of felony criminal mischief and one count of burglary.

He remains in custody on bonds totaling $6,000.


Victim shot in the butt, suspect charged with attempted murder

Octavio Banos, 18, is facing an attempted murder charge after shooting at a man at the Ellenton Outlet Mall, striking the victim once in the buttocks, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies say that on July 17, Banos and two other suspects started a verbal argument with the victim and his girlfriend.

The suspects left, but the victim saw Banos and the other suspects circling the parking lot when he tried to leave the mall, deputies say.

According to the report, Banos spotted the victim, pulled out a handgun and shot six times as the victim tried to flee. The victim was trauma alerted to Blake Medical Center.

Deputies say there has been a long standing feud between Banos and the victim.

Banos remains in custody on a $500,000 bond.


What does a stolen beer and pastry cost? A felony

A 54-year-old Bradenton man is facing a felony larceny charge after stealing a beer and a pastry from the WaWa at 701 First St. E. just before midnight on July 16.

Frank Barone was seen by a law enforcement officer taking the beer to the register, but had a bulge in his pocket.

Police say Barone waited in line for only a moment before walking out of the store with the stolen beer in hand. The bulge in Barone’s pants turned out to be a stolen pastry, according to the arrest report.

The cost of the stolen items was $6.98, but with prior theft convictions, Barone was charged with a felony for the theft and additionally charged with resisting arrest.

Barone was released the same day.

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