A woman left her residence at approximately 11:00 a.m. When she returned at approximately 2:00 p.m. she found her back door had been pried open, possibly with a crow bar. The thief escaped with a jar of coins and six rolls of dimes. The back door was damaged where it was pried open. Area video cameras were targeted and a film review was undertaken.
Christmas Tree Theft
The victim reported that between 12:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. her 10 foot tall artificial Christmas tree with lights and decorations was stolen from her front yard. The residence had a video surveillance system and the surveillance service provider was contacted to provide footage that may identify the suspect(s).
A woman indicated that she received a call from a large retail store informing her of the denial of a recent credit application in her name. The woman had also recently received a credit card in the mail from a different retailer. The retailer indicated that there was a charge on the credit card in the amount of $92.91 at a location approximately 220 miles away. The fraud departments of both retailers were contacted. Investigation is ongoing.
An unknown person entered the locked Sun Deck concession area at the public beach. The suspect removed several cases of loose beers and bags of chips and attempted to pry open two cash registers. Authorities discovered an open and partially empty beer near the cash register. A DNA swab was promptly secured.
At approximately 9:15am, the victim reported that he was traveling near Sarasota Memorial Hospital when a car “cut him off,” and he welcomed the car into his lane of travel by raising his middle finger in greeting. The car dropped back and followed the victim until he stopped and exited his vehicle near Midnight Pass Road. Three men exited the other car and proceeded to attack the victim, kicking him in the head. They grabbed the keys out of his vehicle and threw them before leaving the scene. First responders treated the victim for facial lacerations and located his keys. Police recovered security video footage and photos of the incident.
A victim reported on 1/21/20 that it just came to her attention that some personal items were stolen from and near her island rental unit about one month earlier. She determined that the thefts must have occurred during the 12/3/19 -12/17/19 timeframe when maintenance workers entered her unit on multiple occasions. On 1/21/20, she became aware of fraudulent activity on her JC Penney and Discover credit cards in Sarasota and Manatee County, which caused her to realize that they were missing. The victim then recalled that $20.00 in change and some jewelry also went missing from the front seat of her unlocked vehicle at the same rental location while it was being loaded for her return trip north. The case remains open.
At approximately 4:15p.m., the victim reported that she received notification through her doorbell camera that there was motion in front of her home on Waterside Way. Upon reviewing the camera footage, she observed a male subject wearing dark clothing attempting to open the locked driver-side door of her husband’s BMW, which was parked in the driveway. The suspect gave up without much effort and walked to a dark sedan waiting in the street. The fortuitous doorbell cam footage also showed another subject across the street simultaneously breaking into a Ford F-150 truck parked in a neighbor’s driveway. The investigation revealed that nothing was stolen from the truck, but some cash was stolen from a Mercedes parked nearby. Touch DNA samples were promptly collected from the vehicles.