Crime

Bicyclist charged with stealing AC unit in Bradenton

MANATEE -- A 44-year-old man was charged with stealing an air-conditioning unit after a deputy spotted him carrying it on the handlebars of his bicycle, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

The AC unit was stolen from a house in the 3200 block of Fifth Street Court East. Additionally, Edward Banks was charged with stealing a condenser from a house in the 500 block of 33rd Avenue Drive East, according to the sheriff's office.

Banks, who was arrested about 11:55 p.m. Sunday, faces charges of burglary, grand theft and possession of burglary tools, according to the sheriff's office.

He was being held at the Manatee County jail on bonds totaling $22,750.

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