Stealin’ Seafood: Stock Island Man Charged

Stock Island man charged with business burglary

A 33 year old homeless Stock island man has been charged with burglarizing a Stock Island fish house.

Matthew Tidwell was arrested Saturday, charged with burglarizing Fishbusters Seafood. An employee called the Sheriff’s Office April 18th to report the break in. She said she came to work that morning to find the front window broken and a large amount of seafood missing.

Video surveillance footage showed the crime taking place. Deputies David Cruz and David Lariz viewed the video footage and identified the suspect from previous law enforcement encounters as Tidwell. Tidwell is shown breaking the window and taking two bags of mussels, ten pounds of Dolphin fillets and 20 pounds of Grouper fillets.

In addition to the deputies recognizing Tidwell, the video also shows a distinctive tattoo of a sun with a face on it on his left arm. Previous jail booking photos of Tidwell showed he has that tattoo on his arm.

A warrant was issued for his arrest for burglary. On Saturday, he was arrested by Deputy Danielle Malone. He was booked into jail for burglary, grand theft and criminal mischief.