Sarasota Police Department receives 'New Horizon Award' from Florida Crime Prevention Association

SARASOTA, Fla. – October 29, 2014 – 8:30 a.m.

The Sarasota Police Department has received the New Horizon Award for 2014 by the Florida Crime Prevention Association. The award was presented during the 45th Annual Training Conference Awards in Lake Buena Vista last week.

According to the Florida Crime Prevention Association, the New Horizon Award is for any Crime Prevention Practitioner or Crime Prevention Unit who is either new to Crime Prevention or has revamped an old Crime Prevention Unit. The recipient of the award is one who has shown the most vision and growth in the Crime Prevention field for the past two (2) years, between October 2012 and September 2014.

The accomplishments of the Sarasota Police Department Crime Prevention Unit include revamping of the Citizen Volunteer Program, partnering with the Coalition of City Neighborhood Associations (CCNA) for Neighborhood Crime Watch, development of the Citizens Academy and the branding of BLUE + YOU from our partnership with the Ringling College of Art and Design.

The SPD Crime Prevention Unit is a three-person team, consisting of Officer Danny Robbins, Officer Cherie McKeon and Officer Linda DeNiro, under the supervisor of Sergeant Eric Bolden and Captain Patrick Robinson.

  Left to right: Bill Gonsalves: Vice President FCPA; Crime Prevention Officer Danny Robbins; Chip Wells: President FCPA; Chief Bernadette DiPino, Crime Prevention Officer Linda DeNiro; Genevieve Judge: Partnership Policing Communications Coordinator; Captain Patrick Robinson (Not pictured, Crime Prevention Officer Cherie McKeon)

 

Left to right: Bill Gonsalves: Vice President FCPA; Crime Prevention Officer Danny Robbins; Chip Wells: President FCPA; Chief Bernadette DiPino, Crime Prevention Officer Linda DeNiro; Genevieve Judge: Partnership Policing Communications Coordinator; Captain Patrick Robinson (Not pictured, Crime Prevention Officer Cherie McKeon)

Detectives attempt to identify four people involved in major coin theft

UPDATE – October 29, 2014 – 12 p.m.

There is updated video and information to Tuesday’s news release regarding the coin theft over the weekend.  Surveillance video obtained from Friday afternoon shows three of the four suspects walking into the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium around 3:30 p.m., checking out locations, vendors, sitting in the lobby area taking notes and then leaving.  Updated video with Friday and Saturday video can be viewed at http://youtu.be/uXJtHEdSWd4

Detectives believe the three suspects were making plans on Friday to then return on Saturday afternoon to commit the coin theft with a fourth suspect.  The crime was not reported until Sunday when the victim returned to the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, noticed things were out of place and called the Sarasota Police Department.

The original news release is below with more information.  Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective Kenton Montegna at 941-954-7092 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477) or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com

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SARASOTA, Fla. -- October 28, 2014 -- 11 a.m.

Detectives with the Sarasota Police Department are asking for help from the public identifying four people believed to be involved in a major coin theft over the weekend.

On Sunday, October 26, 2014, Sarasota Police officers were dispatched to the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota in reference a grand theft of coins.  Officers were told by the victim the theft occurred sometime between Saturday, October 25th at 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Surveillance video from inside the Auditorium, which can be viewed at http://youtu.be/PfzFfgvt1H8 shows four subjects entering the coin show.  One subject walks through the show and after a few vendors have left, the subject approaches a table, places a bag on the table and removes multiple gold coins.  Then all four subjects leave. 

Several minutes later, two of the four subject return, return to the same table as before, remove more items and leaves again.  These two subjects are described as:  Subject 1: Hispanic male, 5’9” and believed to be between 30 and 39 years old.  Subject 2:  Hispanic male, 5’3” – 5’4” and heavy set.  All of the subjects appear to be working together.  The coins are valued at between $50,000 and $100,000.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective Kenton Montegna at 941-954-7092 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477) or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com

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 http://youtu.be/sQQ8sz83RaU 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 www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com

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 www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com

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