Woman robbed of her purse while walking dog in Bradenton

MANATEE -- A man robbed a woman of her purse as she was walking her dog in Bradenton on Wednesday afternoon, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

About 4 p.m., the woman was near the intersection of 51st Avenue Terrace West and 26th Street West, smoking a cigarette, when a man approached her and asked for a cigarette. As she was reaching into her purse, the man grabbed her purse and ran toward a nearby parking lot, according to a news release.

An unknown witness told the victim that the suspect got into a white vehicle parked at Church of the Cross on 26th Street West, according to the report.

Anyone with information about the robbery can call the sheriff's office at 941-747-3011 or CrimeStoppers at 1-866-634-TIPS.