EAST MANATEE -- While the Manatee County Sheriff's Office was running burglary surveillance on a business in the 900 block of Upper Manatee River Road, a man was observed removing a boat motor.
The suspect placed the motor on the other side of a fence at the business early Tuesday morning and returned with a truck. He exited the truck with a pair of bolt cutters and unsuccessfully attempted to cut the lock on a trailer, according to a Manatee County Sheriff's Office report.
He placed the boat motor and bolt cutters in the truck and left the scene. He was stopped a short distance away and taken into custody.
Deputies identified the man as Jeremy Riffe, 39.