Suspect charged in Manatee with stealing package of cigarettes from car

MANATEE -- A suspect who reached into the front seat of a car parked at a BP gas station Sunday afternoon and took a package of cigarettes was charged with auto burglary, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported.

The theft occurred after the victim left her windows down and walked into the gas station in the 5900 block of 14th St. W., about 3:33 p.m.

When the victim returned to her car, she found her cigarettes missing and the suspect still loitering in the area. She called the Manatee Sheriff's Office.

Upon deputies arrival, they were able to locate witnesses, obtain affidavits incriminating the defendant and make the arrest. The cigarettes were found and returned to the victim, the sheriff's office reported.

The suspect was identified as Anthony Maitland, 45.