A man suspected of breaking into a vehicle in a Bradenton neighborhood and stealing valuables has been arrested, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.
The incident occurred around 7:30 a.m. on Sunday.
A 9-1-1 caller reported that her 2006 Hyundai Sonata was just broken into and that the suspect was still sitting inside of the vehicle.
The suspect, 36-year-old Jose Mendez, then fled northbound on foot.
Deputies in the area observed Mendez walking in the 3200 block of Ninth Street East.
When seen by police, Mendez threw a backpack to the ground and took of running, according to the sheriff’s office.
Deputies pursued Mendez on foot, and he was apprehended and arrested.
Stolen items worth an estimated $2200 were recovered and returned to the vehicle owner.
Mendez also threw down a cigarette package containing a rock cocaine smoking device during the chase, deputies say.
Mendez’s identity was positively confirmed by the victim. In addition to the stolen items, Mendez was carrying a pry bar and two knives.
Mendez was taken into custody without incident and is held on a $22,500 bond.