Deputies: Man stole money from driver's bra

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Posted: Thursday, December 6, 2012 10:36 pm | Updated: 11:06 pm, Thu Dec 6, 2012.

MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. - A homeless Bradenton man was arrested Thursday afternoon after deputies say he grabbed cash out of a woman's bra as she was driving.

It happened in the southbound lanes of Interstate 75 in the Ellenton area around mile marker 224.

According to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, 32-year-old Robert Vaneepoel was a passenger in the car and got into an argument with the female driver.  That's when she says Vaneepoel reached into her shirt and bra, where he knew she carries her cash, and covered her face with his other hand.

With her view obstructed, the driver was forced to pull over and stop.  That's when Vaneepoel exited the vehicle with her cash and began walking away.

The driver called 911, and responding deputies were able to locate Vaneepoel and arrest him.  The cash was returned to the driver, who was not injured in the incident.

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