Thief throws oil on Palmetto woman, takes diaper bag from stroller

MANATEE — A mother of two had what appeared to be motor oil thrown in her face and was robbed of a diaper bag at 4:30 p.m. Sunday as she was walking with her two children in Palmetto.

The woman stopped to pick up her 7-month-old baby out of the stroller she was pushing in the 600 block of 17th Street East when a man approached her from behind, according to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report.

When the victim turned, the man, who was wearing a black garbage bag on his body, threw the liquid in her face, reached in the stroller and took her diaper bag, the report adds.

He immediately fled toward Lincoln Park on a 10-speed bicycle.

Emergency medical services personnel checked out the mother and baby, who also got some oil on her, and determined there were no injuries to either, the report concludes.

— Richard Dymond