Burglars steal $20,000 worth of items from Manatee home

MANATEE -- About $20,000 worth of items were stolen from a house while the owners were out of town for Christmas, the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office said.

At about 4:30 p.m. Thursday, the homeowners contacted authorities and said their home in the 7000 block of Phillips Street was burglarized, a media release said.

The burglar, or burglars, made entry at the back of the home and “ransacked several rooms,” the release said. Jewelry and electronics were stolen.

The sheriff’s office asks anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 866-634-8477.