Sarasota Police Detectives Attempting to Identify Burglary Suspect

UPDATE:  June 10, 2015  1:20 p.m.

An update to the case below.  Amanda L. Branchfield, 34, has been charged with felony burglary of an unoccupied structure unarmed.  She’s currently being held at the Sarasota County Jail.

This case was solved thanks to the use of the Sarasota Police Department social media and our media partners – Thank you for sharing the video!

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SARASOTA, Fla. – June 8, 2015 – 11:30 a.m.

Detectives with the Sarasota Police Department are asking for the public’s help in identifying a woman who burglarized a home in the 200 block of South Shade Avenue in Sarasota on May 21, 2015. 

At approximately 1:30 p.m. on May 21, 2015, the woman removed a box of paintball equipment and various communication cables from the carport of 222 South Shade Avenue.  The homeowner discovered the suspect rode up into the driveway on a bicycle, walked up onto the front porch, knocked on the door and when no one answered, she left.  Later that evening, at approximately 10 p.m., the same female returned and removed a box of paintball equipment.

The suspect is described as a white female, in her late 40’s or early 50’s.  In the video, she appears to be short with a thin build.  She has long dark brown or black hair and was last seen wearing a white shirt with multicolor floral print, denim shorts and flip flops.

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