Detectives attempting to identify woman who stole wallet, used credit cards

SARASOTA, Fla. – October 23, 2014 – 9:30 a.m.

Detectives with the Sarasota Police Department are asking for help from the public to identify a woman who is a suspect in a wallet theft and credit card fraud case. 

The suspect removed a wallet from a woman’s purse inside Bounce Down Under at 935 North Beneva Road in Sarasota on September 27, 2014 and then used the victim’s credit cards at two local Wal-Mart stores.

The video from one of the Wal-Mart stores can be viewed at In the video, the woman is seen walking in the front doors, purchasing baby items and then walking out.  The woman is described as white female in her 30’s with light blonde hair and a mark or tattoo on her upper left arm.  The woman was last seen wearing a white tank top and dark hair.

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

Sarasota Police Officer awarded 1st Place in Instructor Training Seminar Pistol Match

SARASOTA, Fla. – October 21, 2014 – 1 p.m.

Sarasota Police Officer Kim Stroud has been awarded 1st place female and winner of the overall NRA Service Pistol Match which was held during the 6th Annual Instructor Training Seminar in Tallahassee, Florida.  Officer Stroud shot 463 out of a possible 480, scoring better than 35 other participants, using her duty weapon.

The service pistol match was held at the Florida Public Safety Institute in Tallahassee.  This is the main law enforcement academy in Florida.  The service pistol training match course was a 48-round course where each round was worth 10 points.

“You should be equally proficient with both hands when you’re shooting.  This match allowed me to realize I need to work on my off hand more and shooting,” said Officer Stroud.

More than 700 law enforcement officers from across the southeast took part in the Instructor Training Seminar.  The week-long event is a chance for instructors to learn about new equipment, skills and techniques.

Detectives attempting to identify suspect who made fraudulent cash withdraw

SARASOTA, Fla. – October 21, 2014 – 8 a.m.

Detectives with the Sarasota Police Department are asking for assistance from the public in identifying a man caught on surveillance camera at a Wells Fargo in Sarasota making a fraudulent cash withdraw.

On September 29, 2014, the man in the photos walked into the Wells Fargo at 2891 South Tamiami Trail in Sarasota and fraudulently made a large cash withdraw from a business account of a business that is out of Maryland. The suspect presented a California ID card with his picture on it but the name on the ID was my victim’s name. A second form of ID in the victim’s name was presented as well. The suspect is described as a white male, in his 40’s, short brown hair, 6 feet, thin build and last seen wearing a dark button down shirt and dark slacks.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective Kim Laster at 941-364-7327 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477) or online at

Wrong way driver charged with DUI after causing head-on crash in Sarasota


SARASOTA, Fla. – October 20, 2014 – 10:30 a.m.

Precious Wilson, 21, of Bradenton, has been charged with DUI after a vehicle crash in the 5100 block of North Tamiami Trail in Sarasota early Saturday morning.

At approximately 2:30 a.m., Wilson was driving a vehicle northbound in the southbound lanes and attempted to correct by going over the median. Wilson overcorrected the vehicle and returned to the northbound lanes, hitting another vehicle head on. No major injuries were reported.

Wilson was charged with DUI with a Blood Alcohol Content of 0.15 or higher. Wilson’s blood alcohol level tested at 0.18. She was transported to the Sarasota County Jail.

  Precious Wilson, 21, was charged with DUI with a Blood Alcohol Content of 0.15 or higher


Precious Wilson, 21, was charged with DUI with a Blood Alcohol Content of 0.15 or higher

Sexual Predator Registration for the City of Sarasota

SARASOTA, Fla. – October 17, 2014 – 2:30 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 1865 19th Street, Sarasota, Florida to 1201 Central Avenue in Sarasota, Florida. 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 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,

Willie Brown, Jr.

Willie Brown, Jr.

Safe Trick or Treating Tips from the Sarasota Police Department

SARASOTA, Fla -- October 17, 2014 -- 12:30 p.m.

This Halloween, the Sarasota Police Department wants you to have a safe night! 

Halloween can be one of the most exciting times of the year for children but sometimes hectic for parents and guardians.  This Halloween, take a moment to consider basic safety precautions to help make your children's Halloween a safer night of fun.

Some tips:
• Choose bright costumes, and have children carry flashlights or glow sticks so they are easily visible.  (Hint -- Try adding reflective tape to costumes and candy bags!)

• Plan a trick-or-treating route in familiar neighborhoods with well-lit streets.

• Make sure children know your cellphone number, their home telephone number, and address in case you get separated.

• Consider giving them a cellphone so they can reach you easily.

• Teach children how to call 911 in an emergency.

• Teach children to say "NO!" in a loud voice if someone tries to get them to go somewhere, accept anything other than a treat, or leave with them. Tell them to try everything they can to escape, including yelling, hitting, and kicking.

• Make sure older children take friends and stay together while trick-or-treating.

• Never send younger children out alone -- they should be with a parent, guardian, or another trusted adult. 

• Always walk younger children to the door to receive treats.

• Don't let children enter a home unless you are with them.

• Be sure children do not approach any vehicle, occupied or not, unless you are with them.