Woman refuses to buy drugs, man steals her phone

MANATEE — A woman was robbed Saturday night after she declined to buy drugs, the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office reports.

The victim, 28, was walking in the 5800 block of 5th Street East about 9:55 p.m. when she was approached by a male who asked her if she wanted to buy marijuana, according to a media release.

The victim declined and continued to talk while talking on her cell phone. The suspect came up behind her and snatched her phone from her hand, the report said, and fled east along 57th Avenue from 5th Street East on an older beach cruiser style bike.

The suspect is said to be about 5 feet 10 inches and weigh about 200 pounds with a solid build. He was wearing a red cap, dark shirt, and shorts, the release said.

Anyone with information on the suspect should contact the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office at 747-3011 or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at (866) 634-TIPS (8477).