Man charged with stealing cigarettes from car at Bradenton gas station

MANATEE -- A 43-year-old man who had been loitering at a Bradenton gas station was charged with reaching through an open window of a car and stealing a pack of cigarettes, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

A woman had left the window of her car rolled down when she went into the BP station at 5942 14th St. W., about 3:33 p.m. Sunday. When she returned, she noticed a pack of cigarettes was missing, according to a news release.

Witnesses told responding deputies that they had seen Anthony A. Maitland, who had been loitering in the area, reach into the woman's car and take the cigarettes, according to the report.

Maitland was charged with auto burglary, and was being held on $5,000 bond at the Manatee County jail.

The cigarettes were found and returned to the victim, according to the sheriff's office.