Thief throws stolen money back at victim in Bradenton

MANATEE -- A thief returned stolen cash to its rightful owner on Thursday after the victim banged on his car window and demanded the money, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

At about 7:30 p.m., a man and a woman went to a Winn Dixie store on the 1000 block of 53rd Avenue East in Bradenton, a sheriff’s office incident report said. While the man was holding $360 outside the grocery store, another man snatched the cash and ran away.

The victim ran after the thief, but he hopped into a red pickup truck and drove off. The man and the woman drove after him, according to the sheriff’s office.

On the 5700 block of Ninth Street East, the truck stopped at a red light. The victim got out of his car, went to the truck, banged on the window and “demanded the money be returned,” the report said.

The thief opened the window, threw out the cash, and drove off.