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Bradenton police laud citizen arrest after break-ins

BRADENTON — Residents chased and detained a suspect seen breaking into cars at 11:36 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Bradenton Police Department.

“Great job by our citizens!” BPD Chief Michael Radzilowski wrote in his report.

Brett Coburn, 35, was arrested at 1:35 a.m. Wednesday after being seen breaking into vehicles in the 1700 block of 10th Avenue West, according to the release.

People who witnessed the break-ins ran after him and managed to catch him in the 1700 block of 12th Avenue West, police reported.

A witness told police he saw Coburn throw a brown coin purse onto the ground as he ran south on 17th Street West. Another witness reported he was missing the purse and his roommate’s bicycle was missing.

Radzilowski said the change purse and a bike were traced back to victims who wanted to press charges for stealing the bike from a porch and change purse from a vehicle.

Coburn denied committing the crimes, according to the report.

The suspect was charged with burglary.

Coburn was held at Manatee County jail on bonds totaling $4,500, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office website.