40 vehicle burglaries in the City of Sarasota – Detectives asking victims to come forward

SARASOTA, Fla. – February 9, 2016  – 3:40 p.m.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 10:30 a.m., Chief Bernadette DiPino and members of the Sarasota Police Department Criminal Investigations Division will hold a news conference to address 40 vehicle burglaries that occurred in the City of Sarasota in three parking garages between Monday and Tuesday morning. 

Detectives believe citizens could be victims and not even realize it.  Any citizen who parked in the three parking garages, listed below, in the last several days is asked to report anything suspicious or out of the ordinary to the Sarasota Police Department. 

The three parking garages where the vehicle burglaries occurred are:

  1. BB & T Bank, 1800 2nd Street, Sarasota

  2. Hollywood 20, 1993 Main Street, Sarasota

  3. Wells Fargo Bank, 1819 Main Street, Sarasota

Three juveniles and one adult have been charged and the investigation has led Detectives to believe they are responsible for in excess of 40 vehicle burglaries.  The adult charged is Matthew S. Gunn, 18, of 3806 Belmont Boulevard, Sarasota.  He’s been charged with Burglary of an Occupied Structure, a felony, in connection with the vehicle burglaries.  The three juveniles each been charged with Burglary of an Occupied Structure and/or Burglary to an Unoccupied Vehicle.  The total number of charges is still under investigation.

In the City of Sarasota since January 1, 2016, there have been 45 vehicle burglaries and 88% of them have been to unsecured vehicles. 
Anyone with information on this case, please call Detective Dwayne Shellhammer  at 941-954-7014 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477) or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com
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Shooting investigation at Star Mini Mart, 2950 N. Washington Blvd., Sarasota

SARASOTA, Fla. -- February 9, 2016 -- 1 p.m. 

Terrence Manley, 49, of 3036 31st Way, Sarasota, has been arrested and charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, a felony, in connection to last night’s shooting at the Star Mini Mart (2950 N. Washington Blvd.)  The victim and the suspect were arguing over a woman when the shooting occurred.


SARASOTA, Fla. -- February 8, 2016 -- 10 p.m. 

Sarasota Police Officers are currently investigating a shooting with minor injuries at 2950 North Washington Boulevard, Sarasota.  This is the location of the Star Mini Mart.

Officers responded to the Star Mini Mart shortly before 10pm on Monday.  A male victim was shot in the leg and was treated and released on scene.  Detectives from the Criminal Investigation Division are responding and have no reason to believe the public is in any danger at this time.  The investigation is ongoing but it is believed the shooting began between two males arguing.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the Sarasota Police Department at 941-316-1199.

Fatal hit and run crash involving bicyclist & vehicle under investigation

SARASOTA, Fla -- February 8, 2016 -- 11 a.m.

Sarasota Police Officers have received the red light camera video from ATS (American Traffic Solutions) from the night of a fatal hit and run which occurred between the 600 block and 800 block of the northbound lanes of North Washington Boulevard (US 301).

On Sunday, January 31, 2016, a metallic slate gray 2014 through 2016 Toyota Corolla LE 4-door, hit a bicyclist traveling in the northbound lanes of North Washington Blvd. between 6th Street and 8th Street, Sarasota.  The driver of the vehicle hit the back side of the bicycle and fled the area.  The vehicle in question is highlighted with a red circle in the video at https://youtu.be/lDWuybTpazM  This video is from the intersection of North Washington Blvd. and Fruitville Road. 

The metallic slate gray 2014 through 2016 Toyota Corolla LE 4-door has damage to the right front fender and right headlight.  The right front fender by the tire is missing a large piece of the vehicle.  The two photos attached (which were sent last week) are of a vehicle that is similar but these are not the vehicle involved.

According to witnesses at the crash, the vehicle in question was traveling at a high rate of speed.  Anyone with information on this crash or may have witnessed anything that evening is asked to call the Sarasota Police Department at 941-316-1199 or Officer Tim Bales 941-915-3635.


SARASOTA, Fla. -- February 1, 2016 -- 10:30 a.m.

The bicyclist involved in last night's fatal hit and run has been identified as Skyler Duane Sandifar, 28.  His last known address is in Ocala.  His date of birth is 4-14-1987.

At this time, Officers are looking for a 2014-2016 Toyota Corolla LE 4-door with damage to the right front fender and right headlight.  The right front fender by the tire is missing a large piece of the vehicle.  The 2 photos attached are a vehicle that is similar (these are not the vehicle involved).  The photo with the red circle is the area that has the damage.

The crash occurred at approximately 7:15pm Sunday between 6th Street and 8th Street along North Washington Boulevard (US 301) in the northbound lanes.  The driver hit the back side of the bicycle and fled the area.  The victim was transported to Sarasota Memorial and later died from injuries sustained in the crash.

Anyone with information on this crash or may have witnessed anything is asked to cal the Sarasota Police Department at 941-316-1199.

SARASOTA, Fla. -- January 31, 2016 -- 7:30 p.m.

Sarasota Police Officers are currently investigating a hit and run crash involving a vehicle and a bicyclist.

The crash occurred at approximately 7:15pm this evening between 6th Street and 8th Street along North Washington Boulevard (US 301).  The driver hit the back side of the bicyclist in the northbound lanes of US 301 and fled the area.

Currently the northbound lanes of US 301 between 6th Street and 8th Street are closed and are expected to be closed for the next few hours.

The bicyclist, a male, has been transported as a trauma alert to Sarasota Memorial Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

At this time, Officers are looking for a dark colored Corolla with front end damage.  Officers are continuing to investigate the crash to learn more details about the vehicle involved.

Anyone with information on this crash or may have witnessed anything is asked to cal the Sarasota Police Department at 941-316-1199.

Two adult males arrested on sexual related charges

B/M Clovid Jones 03-12-93 – Lewd/Lascivious Battery, Sexual performance by a child and Transmission of Pornography by electronic device.

 B/M Marc Storey 07-19-91 - Sexual performance by a child - Transmission of Pornography by electronic device.

On January 7, 2016, Detectives were notified of a sexually explicit video that was posted on Facebook.  This video was posted to Facebook within the months of December 2015 and January 2016. 

Detectives were able to obtain a screen shot/picture of the video, which depicts a 15 year old girl and a 23 year old male, in the back seat of an unknown vehicle.  The video is being recorded on what appears to be a cell phone held by the driver of the vehicle.

In this screen shot/picture, the 15 year old is performing a sexual act to 23 year old Clovid Jones while 24 year old Storey is recording the act from the driver’s seat. 

Detectives along with the help of the Sarasota Police Departments’ Patrol Division, Street Crimes Unit and the United States Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force have arrested both men for their parts in this crime. 

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective Buck at 941-954-7070 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477) or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com

Skimming device found at Marathon gas station; Credit card users should check statements

SARASOTA, Fla. -- February 4, 2016 -- 11:45 a.m.

On Wednesday, February 3, 2016, a skimming device was located inside one of the gas pumps at the Marathon Gas Station, 2000 North Washington Boulevard, Sarasota.  It’s unknown how long the device was on the pump but according to the Department of Agriculture, the last time the pump was checked was in March 2015.

A member of the Department of Agriculture was conducting a routine, annual check of the gas pump on Wednesday and located the skimming device inside the pump.  The pump where the skimming device was located is out of view of any cameras at the gas station.

Customers who have purchased gas at the Marathon station should pay attention to their bank accounts and look for any unknown transactions, regardless of how small they might be and follow up with the bank if something seems wrong.

Anyone with information on this case, please call the Sarasota Police Department Criminal Investigation Divisionat 941-954-7070 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477) or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com
 

Lane closures planned for Sarasota Music Half Marathon, Sunday, February 7, 2016

SARASOTA, Fla. – February 3, 2016  – 9 a.m.

The Sarasota Music Half Marathon will be held on Sunday, February 7, 2016 from 7 a.m. until 11 a.m. The 13.1 mile race will feature 20 bands, cheerleaders, lawn gatherings and more along the race course. Runners should be in the Southside neighborhoods by 8 a.m. with streets re-opened by 11 a.m.

The race will begin at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, over the Ringling Bridge and back, pass Selby Gardens, up Orange Avenue into the Cherokee Park neighborhood, back through Selby Gardens and finish back at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.

Lane closures are as follows for the day of the race:

Tamiami Trail (US41):

6:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.

  • S/B traffic will be merged into one lane from 10th Street to S. Orange Avenue.

  • N/B traffic will be merged into one lane from Hudson Avenue to Gulfstream Avenue.

John Ringling Causeway and the Ringling Bridge:

6:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.

  • W/B traffic will be merged into one lane form Tamiami Trail (US41) to Bird Key Drive.

  • E/B traffic will be merged into one lane from Adam’s Drive to Bird Key Drive.

  • E/B traffic will again be merged into one lane from Hart’s Landing to Tamiami Trail (US41).

  • East and West traffic will be redirected as two-way traffic in the south side lanes from Adam’s Drive to Bird Key Drive.

St. Armand’s Circle:

6:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.  (estimated)

  • St. Armand’s Circle - All lanes completely closed.

  • S/B lane of N. Blvd of the Presidents will be closed from Madison Dr. to St. Armand’s Circle.

  • N/B lane of S. Blvd of the Presidents will be closed from Monroe Dr. to St. Armand’s Circle.

  • All traffic will be re-routed via Washington Drive to Monroe Drive to S. Adam’s Drive for access to the John Ringling Causeway and Ringling Bridge.

South Orange Avenue:

6:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (estimated)

  • All of S. Orange Avenue is completely closed from Mound Street (US41) until it becomes McClellan Drive and continues to be closed to the intersection of S. Osprey Avenue.

South Osprey Avenue:

6:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (estimated)

  • All of South Osprey Avenue will be completely closed from McClellan Drive to Webber Street.

  • The S/B lane of South Osprey Avenue will be closed from McClellan Drive to South Drive.

Cherokee Park:

6:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (estimated)

  • W/B South Drive will be closed from S. Osprey Avenue to Cherokee Terrace.

  • All of Cherokee Terrace will be closed from South Drive to North Drive.

  • The W/B lane only of North Drive is closed from Cherokee Terrace to S. Osprey Avenue.