MANATEE - A man lost his gold bracelet to a thief as he stopped to talk to an acquaintance - and apparent conspirator with the thief - on 14th Street West in Bradenton, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
About 9 p.m. Sunday, the victim was walking along the 3100 block of 14th Street West when he was approached by the acquaintance. As they were talking, an unknown man approached the victim from behind and snatched a gold bracelet off of his right wrist, according to a news release.
The thief and acquaintance then fled to the south. A passerby picked up the victim and they located the thief and acquaintance walking in the 3400 block of 14th Street West. As the victim approached them, they fled east on 34th Avenue West, and the victim lost track of them, according to the sheriff's office.