Homeless woman arrested after allegedly trashing church in Bradenton

Homeless woman arrested after allegedly trashing church in Bradenton
Homeless woman arrested after trashing church in Bradenton (Source: Manatee County Sheriff's Office)

BRADENTON, Fla. (WWSB) - Deputies have arrested a 32-year-old homeless woman who they say trashed a church in Bradenton.

Deputies were called to the 4200 block of 26th Street West when someone reported a suspicious person. When they arrived, deputies say they say Amy Cliatt kicking a church’s door repeatedly while she was screaming after an unknown person.

Deputies say that Cliatt claimed that an unknown white male took her bag and went inside the church. Deputies went inside the church and say they found no one inside, but did find that almost every room within a wing of the church was ransacked with items thrown about inside and outside of the church.

When she was interviewed, deputies say Cliatt admitted that she went inside of the church and said that she didn’t mean to trash the church. According to reports, she said that she ‘just wanted to use the use the bathroom and make some lemonade.’

However, deputies say that Cliatt later admitted ransacking the church.

Deputies say church personnel told them a TV was scratched during the ransacking and that the estimated damages are $1,000.

According to deputies, the church’s youth pastor, Vincent Hogue, says he witnessed Cliatt enter the church without permission through the Family Life Center door.

Cliatt was arrested and transported to Manatee County Jail without incident and she’s being charged with a felony.

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