Man charged with trying to steal aluminum from Bradenton church

MANATEE -- Deputies arrested 51-year-old man and were seeking a second suspect, after the owner of a church under construction saw them stealing aluminum from the work site, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

About 12:45 p.m., the victim drove up to the New Vision Baptist Church, 115 59th Ave. E., and saw Joseph M. Seleb and another man loading the metal into their truck. When victim confronted them, they said they were collecting scrap, according to a news release.

The victim started to call 911, when the second suspect pushed the victim and forcibly removed his cell phone from his hands. A struggle started between the victim and the suspect over the phone.

The victim fled the scene and called 911 from a nearby resident's telephone, according to the sheriff's office.

Deputies arrived and arrested Seleb, who still was on scene.

Police dogs and the sheriff's office helicopter were called to search for the second suspect, but he was not located.

The stolen scrap, valued at $1,200, was recovered.

Seleb, who faces robbery and burglary charges, was being held without bond at the Manatee County jail.