Bradenton duo charged with stealing iPads

acastillo@bradenton.comMay 22, 2014 

Bradenton duo charged with stealing iPads

MANATEE -- Two men were charged with strong arm robbery Thursday after leading deputies on a brief pursuit after they stole some iPads, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

Deon Taylor and Joab D. Noel, both from Bradenton, were arrested shortly after 2:15 p.m. on Thursday. According to a news release, deputies assigned to the MCSO Aviation Unit were on their lunch break inside a restaurant, 7600 Lockwood Ridge Road, when they observed two males appearing to conduct a sale of some iPads, according to a report.

Shortly after, the seller of the iPad, the victim, was observed chasing the other male through the parking lot.

According to the sheriff's office, the deputies gave chase and saw the male, later identified as Noel, jump into a waiting Toyota Camry. The description of the suspect and vehicle was broadcasted and deputies quickly responded, according to the sheriff's office.

The car was located travelling north on Lockwood Ridge Road and deputies attempted to stop it, a report states. The car entered the Braden Crossings subdivision, where the suspects threw the stolen iPads from the vehicle before coming to a stop.

Both were arrested and the victim's property was recovered, according to the sheriff's office. Both Taylor and Noel were taken to the Manatee County jail. Booking information was not immediately available.

Amaris Castillo, Law Enforcement/Island Reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7051. You can follow her on Twitter@AmarisCastillo.

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