Theft victim chases suspect nearly 3 miles

Two people who allegedly stole from several people on the beach were behind bars after being chased and held by one of their alleged victims until Bradenton Beach Police arrived.

Mitchell Sylvester, 18, and Tiffany Maltbie, 19, both of Auburndale, Florida, face charges of burglary to an occupied dwelling, petit theft and three counts of grand theft.

According to the BBPD, Sylvester and Maltbie walked along the beach and picked though unattended belongings in their path on the afternoon of July 5.

They came across a beach bag lying in the sand as well as keys to a nearby rental unit in the bag.

They gained access to the rental by using the keys .

While they were ransacking the rental, the victims returned to find Sylvester and Malbie in the act, the report stated.

Sylvestor and Maltbie were found in possession of several items, including $137.

Sylvester took off running, the report stated, and the victim gave chase.

After running nearly 3 miles, Sylvester came to a halt at the 1800 block of Gulf Drive North, where police arrested him.

Sylvester and Maltbie allegedly took several other items during their beach walk, including a purse, $500, credit cards and prescription drugs.

The credit cards were found on Sylvester at the time of his arrest and other items were recovered from garbage cans in the area of the theft.

Sylvester and Maltbie both admitted to committing the thefts, claiming they had taken several items including two iPhones and five other cellphones, the report stated.

The cellphones were returned to the owners.

Sylvester and Maltbie were arrested and taken to Manatee County jail.

Sylvester was additionally charged with grand theft of a vehicle theft based on his alleged participation in anther crime on the same day.

Sylvester and Maltbie are each being held on $12,500 bond. Their arraignment will be at 9 a.m., Friday, July 25, and the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

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