MANATEE — The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office reported thieves rummaging through unlocked vehicles within a block of each other in the vicinity of the 1200 block of Harvard Avenue in Bradenton may have set a suspicious fire in the console of one of the targeted vehicles.
All vehicles had the glove boxes open and the contents pulled out onto the floor and seat. The incidents occurred between 6 p.m. Friday and 10:20 a.m. Monday.
A 44-year-old male victim reported his 1994 Nissan received approximately $1,500 in damages when the center console between the seats was set on fire. Windows were black and it appeared the fire may have smothered out inside the closed car.
An inspector with the State Fire Marshal’s Office willinvestigate the suspicious fire. There are no suspects at this time.