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Beachgoers chase off alleged thief

By Mark Young, Islander Reporter


A man on the beach Aug. 27, near the 1100 block of Gulf Drive South in Bradenton Beach, saw an unknown man sitting in his girlfriend’s chair with his hand in her beach bag.

The man confronted the suspect, who now had his girlfriend’s cellphone, valued at $400, in his hand. The suspect fled the area, and according to the probable cause affidavit, the witness, along with other beachgoers gave chase but didn’t catch the alleged thief.

Bradenton Beach police officers responded to the call and, after obtaining a description of the suspect made contact with Christopher Thibodeaux, 20, of Bradenton, in the 100 block of Fifth Street South.

Police detained Thibodeaux and the witness identified him as the man who had gone through his girlfriend’s beach bag.

The phone was not located on Thibodeaux, but police found it between where the incident occurred and where Thibodeaux was detained.

After being identified by witnesses, Thibodeaux was arrested for felony grand theft and booked into the Manatee County jail where he was held on $1,500 bond. According to the jail website, he posted bond and was released later that day.

Also, according to the MCSO website, Thibodeaux violated his parole in August on prior charges of possession of marijuana and burglary.

He is scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

One Response to Beachgoers chase off alleged thief

  1. Mermaiden says:

    GOOD. For decades, you could leave your stuff on the beach while you walked for an hour, return, and not a thing would have been disturbed. Now, we’ll take our phones, and anything worth anything w/us when we walk. This guy was lurking, waiting, and watching for someone to head down the beach far enough that they woudln’t notice. Big risk, stupid move, glad he got felony grand theft. NIP THIS IN THE BUD.

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