Judge candidate Kristy Zinna’s car vandalized in driveway weeks ahead of vote

A candidate for judge in Manatee County had her Mercedes vandalized outside her own home last week.

Reports show Kristy Zinna called the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office last Saturday after her daughter found an unknown substance by the gas tank.

When Sheriff’s Deputies arrived, Zinna pointed out the damage. Deputy Matthew Bremis wrote in a report, “I observed a green like substance surrounding the passenger side of the vehicle. The green like substance was observed in the gas cap, on the front bumper, rear of the vehicle, and on the brake lines.”

When the substance dripped off the black Mercedes, it started to bubble and change color after it hit the concrete, the report states. Zinna described the substance to law enforcement as “acid” but the investigators have not disclosed any conclusions about its nature.

The incident occurred in Parrish. The Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the matter, which could result in felony charges of criminal mischief causing more than $1,000 worth of damage.

Zinna told law enforcement her daughter discovered the car in its slimed condition around 10:30 a.m. Since the car had last been used around midnight, the vandalism would have had to

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