Sheriff: Owner catches thief breaking in to his car in Bradenton

MANATEE — A 26-year-old suspected thief was caught and detained by a man whose son had seen the suspect breaking in to his car, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

According to the victim, his son had seen Jeremy Tripplet in the vehicle when he arrived home in the 1400 block of 42nd Street West about 11:30 p.m. The victim went to investigate, saw Tripplet fleeing and gave chase, according to a news release.

After a short distance, the victim caught Tripplet and held him until deputies arrived. An item taken from the vehicle was recovered, according to the sheriff's office.

Tripplet was in the Manatee County jail on two counts of burglary, on bonds totaling $30,000.