Jan. 12 Vehicle theft
A vehicle owner called the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office after his Dodge Ram 2500 truck with blacked-out rims was stolen from a condominium parking lot. Video surveillance caught three suspects racing onto the property and making a beeline to the truck and another vehicle parked nearby. They entered the other unlocked vehicle but, finding no keys, quickly got out. They then all entered the unlocked truck, were able to start it because the key fob was left inside, and exited the property in the truck. DNA evidence was collected from the rejected vehicle and video surveillance was taken into evidence. The case remains open.
Jan. 17 Residential burglary
At approximately 8 p.m. on Jan. 17, a woman secured her Raleigh bicycle to her car port with a chain lock. At approximately 8 a.m. the next morning, she returned to make the discovery that the chain had been cut and the bike stolen. She valued her bicycle at $1,000 and provided photographic evidence.
Jan. 18 Supermarket theft
Two females entered a Village market at approximately 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 18 and, after careful consideration, selected two bottles of Dog Fish Head beer and three bottles of Fat Tire beer and placed them into a backpack. They left the store after apparently overlooking the checkout lines and cashier. The stolen beverage inventory is valued at approximately $12. They were last seen in the area of Siesta Key Village.
Jan. 19 Electric bike theft
A man reported that his electric bicycle was stolen sometime between Jan. 19 and Jan. 21. The bright-orange battery-operated Bintelli electric bicycle was cable-locked to a rack in the parking lot under his condominium building. It is valued at $1,200. The cable was cut and left at the scene. The case remains open.
Jan. 24 Vehicle theft
A vehicle owner was notified at 6 a.m. on Jan. that the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office had located his 2019 white BMW in Manatee County. The owner had last seen the vehicle at 10 p.m. on Jan. 24. and had left his key fob inside the vehicle. Coincidentally, his girlfriend had her vehicle stolen from the same location, at the same time.
Feb. 1 Bike theft
A resident discovered that his bicycle and security chain were stolen, but the bike cover was left behind. He last saw the bicycle at 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 31. It is a flat black 3G women’s beach cruiser with purple rims and chain guard, wire basket, bell, and lights for the front and rear. It is valued at $500.