Manatee woman returns from France to find most belongings gone

MANATEE -- A woman who spends most of her time in France arrived this week at her Manatee home after about 15 months away to find that someone had stolen about 90 percent of the items in the house, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies canvassed the neighborhood in the 5100 block of Creekside Trail and learned that about a month ago someone with a U-haul box truck had been at the residence over a two-day period. A witness provided a description of the driver that the victim believes is a family member, according to a news release.

There was no sign of forced entry at the house, according to the report.

The items taken have an estimated value of $31,500, according to the sheriff's office.