A Palmetto man was charged with theft and dealing in stolen property Sunday, according to the Palmetto Police Department.
Willie Ray Robinson, 36, was arrested at 6:12 p.m. at his home. An hour prior, a report states that Robinson was caught on video camera taking the victim’s cell phone from the counter of a store at 920 10th Ave. W., Palmetto. He was seen placing it in his pocket before leaving and going home.
According to a report, the victim used her mother’s phone to try to contact Robinson. Robinson did not answer the calls but responded via text. According to police, he agreed to sell the phone back to her for $50, which is the amount he said he paid for the phone. He later confessed to the crime.
Robinson was being held in Manatee County jail on bonds totaling $7,620, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office website.