Islander arrested for damaging trolley bus

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The free island-wide trams make regular stops at the Anna Maria City Pier. -Joe Hendricks | Sun

ANNA MARIA – Holmes Beach resident Cash John Nichols, 27, was arrested and charged with criminal mischief after he was denied a ride on one of the free trolleys that serve Anna Maria Island.

Islander arrested for damaging trolley bus
Cash Nichols was arrested on Tuesday, March 8. – MCSO | Submitted

“The trolley made its final stop at Anna Maria City Pier at 10:15-10:20 p.m. that night and the driver refused to pick up a customer because he had no shoes on,” said the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office Dep. Patrick Manning of the Anna Maria Unit told The Sun about the February 11 incident. “The customer became angry and, in a fit of rage, caused over $200 in estimated damage to the windows in the cart door.”

Nichols was arrested on March 8 and charged with one count of first-degree criminal mischief for damages between $200 and $1,000.

According to the arrest complaint, “The driver of Manatee County Transit Cart 63861 pulled up to the bus stop at 100 S. Bay Blvd. Cart camera footage showed a white male with a beard and without shoes approaching the doors in order to go home in a wagon. The driver refused the man access because he had no shoes. The man then argued with the driver, at this time, the driver closed the doors, the man then began to hit the glass of the doors with his fists, causing it to crack, after causing the damage, the man walked away. Damage was estimated at $500.

According to the arrest complaint, “The man was identified by Deputy Manning as Cash Nichols. Also, on the same date (approximately an hour later), Deputy Penberthy made contact with Cash Nichols at the post office opposite the scene of the incident Prior to making contact, a passerby informed Deputy Penberthy that they had spoken to the accused (Nichols) and the accused stated that he would was denied access to the bus as he had no shoes. The accused requested a ride and was eventually carried by Deputy Penberthy. Based on the circumstances, there is probable cause to charge the charged with criminal mischief over $200 and under $1,000.

Speaking to The Sun, Manning said, “Over the course of a few weeks of investigation by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, a suspect was developed and confirmed by the truck driver and the truck’s on-board cameras. Our trolleybuses have cameras facing the doors and also inside the trolleys. Through interviews and video obtained from the Manatee County Transit Authority, the suspect was identified and arrested on charges of criminal mischief to public property. It was a joint investigation between Det. Hartsell, who is our criminal investigator, with Anna Maria’s deputies. He drafted the warrant based on our identification of the suspect who was known to us. Until recently he was a resident of Anna Maria. According to the address he provided, he is now a resident of Holmes Beach.

The probable cause affidavit lists Nichols’ current address on Marina Drive in Holmes Beach.

According to court records, Nichols was released on bail and a misdemeanor arraignment hearing is scheduled for Monday, April 11 at the Manatee County Judicial Center before Judge Renee Inman.

Speaking on behalf of Sgt. Brett Getman, Manning, said, The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office is working very hard to protect the ever-increasing number of visitors and residents to our island. sergeant. Getman believes that whether you live here or vacation here, we cannot tolerate your intentional damage to public property. This will not be tolerated and you will be identified and arrested.

Previous arrest

According to court records, Nichols was previously arrested in Anna Maria in 2018 and charged with assaulting a Manatee County sheriff’s deputy, possession of drug paraphernalia, and resisting, obstructing or opposing to an officer without violence.

On February 28, 2022, after multiple delays and court appearances, Nichols entered no contesting pleas to all three counts stemming from his 2018 arrest. Following those pleas, he was placed in probation and sentenced to $796 in fines, costs and court costs.

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