MANATEE — A 28-year-old man was arrested Monday and charged with grand theft for allegedly stealing two big planters from the carport at the Jehovah Witness Kingdom Hall, 2803 38th Ave. E., according to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report.
After being read his rights, Bruce Payton said he was drunk the night of the crime and blacked out. According to the report, he did not notice the potted trees until the next morning and did not remember where they came from.
He also asked deputies if he could apologize to representatives from the Kingdom Hall when they picked up the stolen items, the report said.
Deputies believe another man, wearing blue jeans and a white baseball cap backwards, also was involved in the theft, the report stated.
Payton is currently in Manatee County jail on a $1,000 bond.