Attempt to Identify Bicycle Theft Suspect

SARASOTA, Fla. -- June 8, 2017 -- 2:15 p.m.

Detectives with the Sarasota Police Department are attempting to identify a bicycle theft suspect who was caught on camera multiple times between April 22, 2017 2016 and May 27, 2017 at various locations.  Detectives believe the same person is responsible for all the thefts.

·       On April 25, 2017, Officers responded to 1771 Ringling Boulevard, Sarasota, in reference to a bicycle burglary.  Two specialized bicycles were stolen on April 22, 2017.  1.) A black men’s bicycle.  2.) A silver women’s bicycle.

·       On May 15, 2017, Officers responded to 1771 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, in reference to a bicycle burglary.  Several storage units had been broken into and a Trek 4300 men’s silver mountain bicycle was stolen.

·       On May 25, 2017, front desk Officers took a report of two stolen bicycles from 707 South Gulfstream Avenue, Sarasota.  The victim told Officers someone entered the parking garage, cut a lock around both bicycles and took them.  A Blue Diamond Back bicycle and Tan Giant bicycle were stolen.

·       On May 28, 2017, Officers responded to 770 S. Palm Avenue, Sarasota, in reference to a bicycle burglary.  The stolen bicycle is described as a specialized bike with a red frame, Village Bike Stamp with straight handlebars, 18 speed.

Video from the four different thefts can be found on the Sarasota Police Department YouTube page at https://youtu.be/6oJqJImPUbY   Detectives believe the suspect is still in the area.  Detectives suggest the following safety tips to keep your bicycle safe:

·       Register your bicycle with the Sarasota Police Department at www.sarasotapd.org

o   Registering your bicycle, serial number and other information can help Officers if your bicycle is stolen and later recovered.

·       Use high quality locks

o   A local bicycle shop can advise which locks are best for your bicycle.

·       Always lock your bicycle

o   Securing your bicycle, if even away from it for a few minutes, can deter criminals.  This includes locking your bicycle inside your garage.

Anyone with information on these cases is asked call Detective Kim Laster at 941-364-7327 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com