Manatee burglary suspect caught

MANATEE -- A 35-year-old man was arrested Thursday after deputies say he stole televisions, jewelry and small electronics from the homes of his friends and family, the sheriff’s office reports.

Several of the items taken by Michael Smith were located at a pawn shop and linked to him after one of the victims, who lives in the 6300 block of 36th Court East in Ellenton, listed him as a suspect, a media release said.

According to the release, a thumb print left by Smith on a pawn shop ticket confirmed his identity and led deputies to find him staying with a friend in the 6100 block of 42nd Avenue West.

Once in custody Smith confessed to taking the property of the victim who tipped deputies off, the release said.

He also confessed to committing another burglary in the 300 block of Sally Lee Drive in Ellenton, the report stated, where he took a 42-inch television and later sold it to a friend for $150.

The television was later located and returned after Smith provided the name of the person whom he sold it to.

Smith is currently in Manatee County jail on a $90,000 bond. He has been charged with six counts of dealing stolen property and six counts of providing false information for pawned items.