MANATEE — Trailer Estates mobile home park in Manatee County has had an increase in night burglaries over the past two weeks with the target being vehicles, according to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report.
Two deputies and a canine deputy were patrolling the area on foot at 2:24 a.m. Tuesday in response to the wave of car burglaries. Walking east on Canal Way Drive near the Kansas Street intersection, they reportedly saw two males dressed in black hats, black shirts and dark-colored shorts walking north on New Jersey Street.
As the three deputies watched the suspects, one later identified as Christopher Riddle, lowered his body to the ground when he became aware he was being watched, but then stood up and said something to his friend.
“Sheriff’s Office canine, stay where you are,” one deputy yelled.
The suspects reportedly started to run south along New Jersey Street then split up. Riddle was apprehended after leading one of the deputies over five chain-link fences and through several back yards. Deputies reported finding a large amount of loose change in Riddle’s pockets.
The other suspect got away, the report states.
Riddle was charged with “intent to use” and was being held in the Manatee County jail Tuesday on a $2,000 bond, according to the jail website.
Riddle did not say who he was with at Trailer Estates, saying he just met him that night, the report states.