2 men charged in theft of auto

MANATEE - Two men were arrested early this morning and charged with grand theft auto and carrying a concealed firearm.

Manatee sheriff deputies said a man drove off with the car belonging to a Leisure Lake Mobile Home Park resident around 12:46 a.m. followed by another vehicle. As deputies tried to stop the car, the driver drove off and crashed into a fence. The driver fled on foot but was stopped by Palmetto Police.

The other vehicle was stopped and deputies found a gun with live rounds of amunition in it. Charles Hunt, 23, and Michael Whitby, 19, were charged with grant theft auto with recovery and carrying a concealed firearm.