MANATEE — A couple were robbed and their car stolen at a car wash in the 3000 block of State Road 70 East, south of Bradenton, about 9:14 p.m. Saturday, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.
Less than an hour later, the car, a silver 2006 Lincoln, was found engulfed in fire in the 1400 block of 21st Street East, Palmetto.
The victims were at the car wash cleaning the vehicle when they were approached by an unknown male, who pointed a firearm at them and made them lay face down, the sheriff’s report said.
The robber went into the male victim’s pants and took his wallet containing identification and approximately $100 in cash.
He also took the female victim’s cell phone before jumping into the Lincoln and fleeing the area.
Palmetto Police Department advised at 9:45 p.m. that the vehicle had been burned in their city.
The robber was described as standing 5-feet-10 inches, weighing 220 pounds, and wearing a dark hoodie and blue jeans.