2 Manatee men arrested on theft, drug charges

MANATEE - Two men were arrested after they were spotted prowling behind some close businesses and siphoning 4 gallons of diesel fuel from a semi-trailer.

After deputies in a sheriff's office helicopter saw the theft in 6000 block of 17th Street East about 1:30 a.m., patrol deputies made a traffic stop and arrested the suspects, Christopher Predd, 19, and Chad Michael, 37, both of the 5800 block of 17th Street East, Bradenton.

The suspects were found to be in possession of 38 grams of marijuana and paraphernalia. They also admitted to the fuel theft, according to the sheriff's office.

Predd and Michael face numerous burglary, theft and drug charges. They were each being held at the Manatee County jail on bonds totaling $12,240.