Report: Manatee deputy catches couple trying to steal A/C

MANATEE -- A man and a woman were arrested after a deputy caught them trying to steal an air-conditioner from behind an abandoned business in the 1100 block of Whitfield Avenue, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

About 7:56 p.m. Monday, the deputy saw Dennis Yahnke loading an air-conditioner onto a trailer. The deputy noticed that the unit had not been properly disassembled from the wall but instead had been crudely severed, according to a news release.

The owner from the shopping plaza said Yahnke did not have permission to remove the air-conditioner, according to the sheriff's office.

The deputy arrested Yahnke, 33, and his girlfriend, Amanda Calhoun, 29, who was driving the vehicle pulling the trailer.