Manatee man charged with stealing AC units

MANATEE — A 34-year-old man was charged with stealing seven commercial refrigeration compressors from a Bradenton shopping center, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies late Tuesday found four of the units in the back of William Friddle's truck, which was hidden in the woods inside the Manasota Industrial Park, 4700 17th St. E., Bradenton, according to a news release.

Friddle told deputies he had taken them from the old Albertsons/Shopper's Bazaar plaza at 3620 First St. W., Bradenton, according to the report. He confessed to taking three other units Monday, according to deputies.

Friddle faces charges of theft and was being held at the Manatee County jail on bonds totaling $9,500.