MANATEE -- A burglary suspect was arrested after a police officer witnessed him breaking into a car parked at a Bradenton apartment complex, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
About 2:40 a.m. Wednesday, a Bradenton police officer saw a man later identified as Matthew B. Smith walking away from a car with an opened door parked at the Harbor Point Apartments, 4510 70th St. W. The officer exited his car and walked past Smith. Once behind a building, the officer kept an eye on the man, who then walked backed towards the car with the opened door, according to a news release.
Smith "then looked in the BPD patrol car, possibly to ensure it was empty," the report states.
Smith then entered the car and left with a bag in his hand. The officer detained Smith, according to the sheriff's office.
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The owner of the car confirmed her car had been burglarized.
The sheriff's office took over the case since the apartments are in unincorporated Manatee.
Smith, 27, faces a charge of a burglary. He is being held on $5,000 bond at the Manatee County jail.