SARASOTA, Fla. – February 9, 2016 – 3:40 p.m.
Tomorrow, Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 10:30 a.m., Chief Bernadette DiPino and members of the Sarasota Police Department Criminal Investigations Division will hold a news conference to address 40 vehicle burglaries that occurred in the City of Sarasota in three parking garages between Monday and Tuesday morning.
Detectives believe citizens could be victims and not even realize it. Any citizen who parked in the three parking garages, listed below, in the last several days is asked to report anything suspicious or out of the ordinary to the Sarasota Police Department.
The three parking garages where the vehicle burglaries occurred are:
BB & T Bank, 1800 2nd Street, Sarasota
Hollywood 20, 1993 Main Street, Sarasota
Wells Fargo Bank, 1819 Main Street, Sarasota
Three juveniles and one adult have been charged and the investigation has led Detectives to believe they are responsible for in excess of 40 vehicle burglaries. The adult charged is Matthew S. Gunn, 18, of 3806 Belmont Boulevard, Sarasota. He’s been charged with Burglary of an Occupied Structure, a felony, in connection with the vehicle burglaries. The three juveniles each been charged with Burglary of an Occupied Structure and/or Burglary to an Unoccupied Vehicle. The total number of charges is still under investigation.
In the City of Sarasota since January 1, 2016, there have been 45 vehicle burglaries and 88% of them have been to unsecured vehicles. 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 www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com