Attempt to identify vehicle burglar caught on camera

SARASOTA, Fla. -- January 28, 2015 -- 11:15 a.m.

Sarasota Police Department Detectives are attempting to identify a man who was seen on camera breaking into an unlocked car on January 11, 2016 at approximately 4 a.m.  The video is crystal clear and serves as a reminder to remember to always lock your car and hide your valuables.  The burglary video can be viewed at

The suspect is seen on video riding a bicycle and passes by a 2008 Toyota truck as it’s parked outside a home in the 500 block of South Palm Avenue in Sarasota.  As the suspect passes by the truck, he pulls on the door handle and the door opens.  The suspect turns around and goes into the truck and steals a radar detector and pocket knife.  The value on the stolen items is approximately $810.

Here are a few safety reminders to help you protect yourself, your vehicles and your valuables:

  • Roll up your windows, lock your vehicle and take the keys.  If you leave your vehicle unlocked, even in your driveway while running into your home for a few minutes, it’s an open invitation to criminals.  Never leave your keys in the ignition and never leave an extra “hidden” key in your vehicle.

  • If you’re going to hide valuables and not take them with you, do it before your park your car.  That way, criminals who may be watching nearby, aren’t watching you hide your valuables.  Don’t verbalize your intent to place valuables in your trunk.


  • Sarasota Police Department investigations reveal victims of unlocked vehicle burglaries have left purses, firearms, wallets and other valuables in plain sight for criminals to steal.  If a criminal doesn’t see anything, they’re less likely to break in.


  • Be aware of your surroundings.  Look for suspicious people.  Report it to law enforcement.


  • Record serial numbers of valuables and property.  If the items in your vehicle are ever stolen, it can help identify a suspect if they decide to pawn your property.


  • Don’t park in secluded areas.  Make sure to park your vehicle in a well-lit area, ideally in an area that is monitored by parking attendants.  Always remember, if you see something suspicious, say something.  Call 911 or your local law enforcement agency.

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