Sarasota Police Officer to Donate Van Full of Blankets, Jackets & More to Resurrection House

SARASOTA, Fla. – Nov. 25, 2014 – 9:15 a.m.

For the last several weeks, Sarasota Police Officer Sean Gleason has been collecting blankets, jackets and more to donate to the Resurrection House in Sarasota for those less fortunate.

This idea began when Officer Gleason discovered several pairs of boots at the Sarasota Police Department that were no longer being used. He took the two pairs of boots and gave them to two individuals who needed them. After that, Officer Gleason came up with the idea to collect blankets, jackets, clothes and more to donate to those less fortunate for the holidays.

On Wednesday, November 26, 2014, Officer Gleason along with several other officers will load up a van with donations at the Sarasota Police Department and deliver it to the Resurrection House. The media is welcome to join along.

MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES: Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

9 a.m.– Sarasota Police Department – Officers will be loading up a van full of blankets, jackets, shoes and more to take to the Resurrection House

10:30 a.m. – Sarasota Police Department will arrive at the Resurrection House, 507 Kumquat Court, Sarasota, to donate the van full of blankets, jackets and more.

Sarasota Police Detectives looking to identify burglary suspect

SARASOTA, Fla. – Nov. 24, 2014 – 11 a.m.

Detectives with the Sarasota Police Department are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a burglary suspect who stole a specialized Stump Jumper FSR bicycle, blue and gray in color, from the Alinari Condominiums, 800 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, on November 17, 2014.

On video, which can be viewed at http://youtu.be/ox3C_NYzeLA the suspect is seen entering the parking garage through a gate. The suspect is then seen leaving on the stolen bicycle a short time later. The suspect is seen on video returning the next day but left the area and its unknown if any property was taken at this time.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective Darrell Nixon at 941-954-7078 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477) or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com

The two bicycle photos below – One of the actual bicycle and one of what the bicycle is believed to look like.

Serious Injury Hit & Run Crash Under Investigation

UPDATE - November 24, 2014

An update to the hit and run crash that occurred on Friday evening, shortly before midnight at Fruitville Road and Orange Avenue in Sarasota.

A tip was called into dispatch on Sunday afternoon.  Sarasota P.D. officers followed up on the tip this morning (Monday).  The vehicle, BMW, and driver have been located.

The case remains under investigation and the victim remains at Blake Medical Center.  The original release is below.

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SARASOTA, Fla. -- Nov. 22, 2014 -- 12:50 a.m.

Officers with the Sarasota Police Department are investigating a serious injury hit and run crash that occurred shortly before midnight, Friday evening.

A woman in her 40's was struck by a vehicle near the intersection of Fruitville Road and Orange Avenue in Sarasota.  The vehicle was last seen heading west on Fruitville Road.

The woman was transported by Bayflight medical helicopter to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton with serious injuries.

The vehicle is described as a dark blue colored BMW 2012-2013 with damage to the front end and missing a passenger side mirror.

Anyone with any information or was near the scene of the accident is asked to contact Officer Tim Bales at 941-915-3635


Internal Revenue Service Tax Scam Warning

SARASOTA, Fla. – Nov. 21, 2014 – 10 a.m.

The Sarasota Police Department wants to warn residents and visitors about telephone scams claiming to be from the IRS. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has seen an increase in tax scams throughout the year and scammers are constantly looking for ways to steal money.

The most recent scam has people claiming to be with the IRS. The fake IRS agents tell people they have an arrest warrant for them. In the last week, the Sarasota Police Department has received more than 50 calls regarding this scam. Fortunately, no one has been a victim with financial loss.

"It is not common practice for the IRS to call you and tell you that you owe any money," said Detective Steve McDowell, Sarasota Police Department. "The IRS will never ask you for your bank account information, to send money or threaten a lawsuit."

If you receive a scam call from a fake IRS agent, you can report it online at http://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml or call 1-800-366-4484

You can also watch a video from the IRS warning taxpayers about an increasing number of tax scams in communities across the country at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0y5z0kWgBcM

Operation targeting prostitution in Sarasota results in four men arrested

SARASOTA, Fla. – Nov. 19, 2014 – 2 p.m.

On Tuesday, November 18, 2014, the Sarasota Police Department Street Crimes Unit, in conjunction with the Narcotics Unit, conducted a prostitution operation targeting individuals soliciting prostitutes; "Johns."

The operation was conducted in the 1400 block of N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. Three individuals were arrested for Solicitation for Prostitution and one man was arrested of Possession of Rock Cocaine.

Detectives attempting to identify women who stole wallet from store counter

Nov. 20, 2014
UPDATE - The two women have been identified. 

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SARASOTA, Fla. – Nov. 18, 2014 – 11:30 a.m.

Detectives with the Sarasota Police Department are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying two women who stole a wallet from the counter at Presidential Pawn, 1616 North Washington Blvd., Sarasota on November 14, 2014.

The victim told detectives he was at Presidential Pawn to purchase some speakers. His wallet was on the counter when he looked to his right to look at some fishing equipment. The women, who can be seen on camera at http://youtu.be/25FiE59Ky74, are seen watching the victim turn around and then they are seen grabbing the wallet. The women are believed to have left in a white Dodge Caliber. Two photos of that vehicle are attached.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective Darrell Nixon at 941-954-7078 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477) or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com