MANATEE -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has reported what deputies are calling a vehicle burglary trend at area church parking lots.
At about 7:50 a.m. Sunday, a parishioner reported a suspicious male in the church parking lot of Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church, 12905 State Road 70 E., Lakewood Ranch.
"The suspect was walking between vehicles & looking into them," a release states. "Upon arrival of MSO it was discovered that one of the vehicles had been broken into and items stolen from within."
The suspect, who was described as a 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-9 male in his 20s who was wearing blue jeans, a T-shirt and carrying an orange towel, was last seen running west bound through the church's parking lot toward S.R. 70 East, deputies said. He could not be located by deputies.
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Later at 1:43 p.m. Sunday, deputies were dispatched to House of Fellowship at 23707 S.R. 70 E., Myakka City, for more vehicle burglaries, according to a release.
"It was found that while the church service was occurring between 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., an unknown suspect(s) had broken into five vehicles in the parking lot and stolen items from within," a release states.
No further details were provided.