Crime

Landscaper charged with stealing from Bradenton home

A landscaper faces burglary and drug charges after a homeowner allegedly confronted him stealing from his house.

A Manatee County Sheriff’s Office news release said Jeffery Gabbard was discovered by a homeowner Saturday afternoon in the 4400 block of 123rd St. West, Bradenton.

The victim confronted Gabbard, who fled in his lawn business truck and trailer, the release said.

The victim reported the incident, and the suspect’s vehicle was stopped in the 7500 block of Manatee Avenue West.

The victim identified a pistol and other stolen items from his home in the suspect’s vehicle. The truck also contained over 100 grams of marijuana, prepackaged for sale, an unmarked bottle of Xanax, drug pipe, and scale, according to the sheriff’s report.

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