Detectives attempting to identify woman caught on camera stealing a circuit breaker

SARASOTA, Fla. – September 17, 2014 – 11:45 a.m.

Detectives with the Sarasota Police Department are attempting to identify a woman who was seen on camera walking up to an electrical box at the Bullet Hole at 330 South Orange Avenue in Sarasota and stealing a circuit breaker on August 30, 2014.

Surveillance video, which can be viewed at http://youtu.be/QifDE0JmMmE, the woman is seen walking through the rear parking lot and lifting the metal flip box and pulling out a circuit breaker from the box.

The woman has shoulder length blonde hair and was last seen wearing a blue shirt, white shorts, white sneakers and carrying a red backpack.

Anyone with information is encouraged to 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

Conversations continue in North Sarasota with business owners & residents

 

SARASOTA, Fla. – September 17, 2014 – 9 a.m.

On Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 6 p.m. at the Robert L. Taylor Community Center, 1845 34th Street, Sarasota, Police Chief Bernadette DiPino along with members of the Sarasota Police Department, will hold another neighborhood and community meeting called ‘New Beginnings II,’ for business owners and residents in North Sarasota.

The September 23rd meeting is an opportunity to have an open discussion about Community Orientated Policing and quality of life issues in North Sarasota neighborhoods. This second meeting will be a continuation from a neighborhood meeting which was held on July 31, 2014. Chief DiPino will moderate the meeting and is looking for input from the community on how to refresh strategies that will continue to keep our community safe.

‘New Beginnings II’ is an update of a previous initiative, ‘A New Beginning for Newtown.’ This initiative is a chance to bring police and the community together to address crime, fear of crime and relationship building. "These meetings are a chance to continue the conversation about public and officer safety. We will continue to work together to keep our community safe, build relationships and trust and partner with our community to keep Sarasota a safe place to live, work and play," said Chief Bernadette DiPino.

Residents, community members, business owners and media are invited to attend the meeting on September 23, 2014 at 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Undercover operation targeting prostitution results in three men arrested

SARASOTA, Fla. – September 12, 2014 – 8 a.m.

On Thursday, September 11, 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 4200 block of N. Tamiami Trail. 

Three individuals were arrested for Solicitation for Prostitution.  One of the three men was additionally charged with Possession of Crack Cocaine and Possession of Paraphernalia.

 

  Robert Ware DOB: 10-21-74 512 Adelia Avenue Sarasota, Florida Charges Solicitation for Prostitution Possession of Crack Cocaine Possession of Paraphernalia    

 

Robert Ware DOB: 10-21-74 512 Adelia Avenue Sarasota, Florida

Charges

Solicitation for Prostitution

Possession of Crack Cocaine

Possession of Paraphernalia

 

 

  Fernando Vidalcabrera DOB: 05-06-72 2635 Browning Street Sarasota, Florida Charge Solicitation for Prostitution      

 

Fernando Vidalcabrera DOB: 05-06-72 2635 Browning Street Sarasota, Florida Charge Solicitation for Prostitution

 

 

 

  Rodrigue Macharie DOB: 05-01-71 27510 Tierra Del Fuego Circle Punta Gorda, Florida Charge Solicitation for Prostitution

 

Rodrigue Macharie DOB: 05-01-71 27510 Tierra Del Fuego Circle Punta Gorda, Florida

Charge

Solicitation for Prostitution

Sexual Predator Registration for the City of Sarasota

SARASOTA, Fla. – September 10, 2014 – 1:30 p.m.

The Sarasota Police Department is informing the public that Willie Brown, Jr., 58 (DOB 10/27/1955) has registered as a Sexual Predator living in the City of Sarasota. Brown recently moved from 1374 20th Street, Sarasota, Florida 34234 to 1865 19th Street, Sarasota, Florida, 34243.

Brown was designated as a Sexual Predator after he was convicted guilty of sexual battery by an adult to a victim under the age of 12 in March of 1996. Brown is a black male, 5’10" tall, 170 lbs, black hair and brown eyes.

Photographs and additional information on sexual offenders and predators can be retrieved on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) website at www.fdle.state.fl.us Residents can also sign up to receive notifications from FDLE of sex offender and predator registrations and address changes.

The Sarasota Police Department distributes this information to area schools, state registered daycare centers and posts the information on all social media outlets including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and the Sarasota Police Department website, www.sarasotapd.org

  Willie Brown, Jr.

 

Willie Brown, Jr.

September 11th Remembrance Ceremony

SARASOTA, Fla. – September 9, 2014 – 12 p.m.

The Sarasota Police Department, in collaboration with the City of Sarasota, the Sarasota County Fire Department and the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, will host a memorial ceremony on Thursday, September 11, 2014, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

The ceremony will take place in front of the World Trade Center memorial located at the Sarasota Police Department Headquarters, 2099 Adams Lane, Sarasota. 

The Sarasota Police Department would like to extend an invitation for the public to join as we remember the events that occurred on that day.

Photo by Norman Schimmel

Photo by Norman Schimmel

Sarasota Police Chief Bernadette DiPino appointed to two prestigious committees

SARASOTA, Fla. – August 28, 2014 – 8 a.m.

Sarasota Police Chief Bernadette DiPino has been selected to serve and represent Florida law enforcement on two prestigious committees. Chief DiPino will serve on the Executive Committee for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and will also serve as the Florida representative on the State Associations of Chiefs of Police (SACOP).

Chief DiPino will oversee the Board of Directors for the IACP and will represent Florida and facilitate the exchange of information both to leadership and policy makers in law enforcement. Chief DiPino will serve and work to create policy guidance on timely and relevant topics in law enforcement and facilitate and encourage dialogue between local law enforcement and state and federal partners. Chief DiPino will also interact with government leaders to establish best practices and policies among law enforcement throughout the country.

"This is a great honor to have both these opportunities. They give me a chance to interact with our national leaders to help the development of policy and best practices in law enforcement," said Chief DiPino. "This is an opportunity to learn and share police tactics, strategies and initiatives with law enforcement from around the world. It’s a great opportunity and honor to serve in these roles."

This isn’t the first time Chief DiPino has been appointed to these positions; she served during her time as Chief in Ocean City, Maryland where she was able to draft ordinances referencing against the use of spice.

Sarasota Police Chief Bernadette DiPino

Sarasota Police Chief Bernadette DiPino