Armed Robbery Longboat Key
April 10, 2018

On 04/10/2018 at approximately 10:24 P.M. a husband and wife were the victim's of an Armed Robbery/Attempted Carjacking while in the parking lot of their condominium/residence located in the 2200 blk of Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL. The suspect vehicle driven by 27 YOA Latarious Harvey pulled in behind the victim’s vehicle, Harvey remained in the suspect vehicle while two B/M suspects exited and proceeded to rob the victim’s at gun point. Longboat Key Police Detectives are seeking the identity of this person in reference to the Armed Robbery Investigation. If you have information please contact Crimestoppers of Sarasota by calling 941-366-TIPS or online at

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FPH Fatal Traffic Crash
March 01, 2018

Sarasota, Fla – On February 10, 2017 at 10:42 pm, the Florida Highway Patrol investigated a four vehicle crash on State Road 610 east of Lockwood Ridge Road. Katarina Huffman, a 20-year-old female, was driving a 2005 Ford Mustang eastbound on University Parkway in the inside lane. A 2015 Nissan Altima, driven by Patrick Wiese, a 56-year-old male was traveling westbound on University Parkway in the center lane. A 2015 Honda, driven by Ariana Padron, a 20-year-old female, was traveling westbound on University Parkway in the center lane behind the Nissan Altima. A 2017 Freightliner truck, driven by Pedro Emilio Cardoza-Gome a 42-year-old male, was traveling westbound on University Parkway in the outside lane.


The on-scene investigation revealed the 2005 Ford Mustang crossed the grass median, for reasons that remain under investigation and entered the westbound lanes. As a result, a traffic crash occurred between the Ford Mustang and the three other vehicles involved. Katarina Huffman was pronounced deceased on scene.


In February 2018, a new witness contacted the Florida Highway Patrol advising that an unknown vehicle, described as a black or grey Nissan Altima or possibly a Honda two-door veered toward the Ford Mustang as it traveled eastbound on University Parkway. In doing so, the front left of this unknown vehicle struck the right front of the Ford Mustang causing the Ford Mustang to cross the median and travel into the westbound lanes. The unknown vehicle was additionally described as having a black bumper sticker with white writing on the bottom right bumper. The unknown vehicle fled the scene after making the initial contact with the Ford Mustang.


If anyone has any information regarding the unknown vehicle or any information regarding this traffic crash, please contact  Crimestoppers at 941-366-TIPS

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Theft from Target
January 25, 2018

On 01/04/18 the pictured suspects stole a 55 inch Vizio TV from the Target at 5350 Fruitville Road then later the same date they attempted to steal speakers and diapers from the Target at 8401 S Tamiami Trail, but employees recovered the items.  They left in a blue pickup, possibly a Ford Ranger. 


The suspects are two white males possibly in their thirties. One wore a blue jacket with white sleeves with a Captain America logo on it and a Chicago Bulls winter hat.  The other is clean cut wearing a blue shirt with red, white and blue writing on it.  He appears to have full sleeve tattoos.
If you have any information on the subjects or vehicle, please contact Crimestoppers of Sarasota by calling 941-366-TIPS or online at
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North Port PD Homicide
January 12, 2018

On 1/10/18 at 1:30am, two black males wearing masks entered the home at the 8100 block of Porto Chico Avenue in North Port Florida.  As a result 19-year-old Trent Bartol-Thomas was shot and killed.  The suspects were seen leaving in a light colored vehicle.


If you have any information on the subjects or vehicle, please contact Crimestoppers of Sarasota by calling 941-366-TIPS or online at
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Business Burglary
December 21, 2017

On 12/21/17 at 0330 hrs, the two listed suspects smashed a window to the Roll your own Tobacco located at 5761 Beneva Rd.
Video surveillance captured the two unknown male suspects wearing gloves, ski masks, and hoodies.  They were carrying a suitcase and backpack.  These suspects stole several e-cigarette products.  
The one suspect is wearing a shirt with the words "If it aint't XO then it gotta go" in a circular pattern on the back.
If you are able to identify the two suspects, you are asked to contact Crimestoppers of Sarasota by calling 941-366-TIPS or online at

Robbery by sudden snatching at UTC mall
December 14, 2017

On 12/14/17 at 1100 hrs, the suspect entered Kay’s Jewelers located at the UTC mall in Sarasota.  Upon contact with the sales associate, the suspect requested to see two diamond engagement rings.  While holding two of the rings, he asked to see a third.  At that time, the suspect snatched the ring out of the associate’s hand and fled the mall. 

The suspect is described as a 45-55 yr old Hispanic male, 6’0” 225 lbs.  He was wearing a blue/white plaid shirt, dark pants, and black shoes.  The suspect left in a 2000’s silver Chevy compact car with black rims.

If you recognize this suspect, you are asked to contact Crimestoppers of Sarasota by calling 941-366-TIPS or online at  

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Shooting at residence in North Port
November 16, 2017

The North Port Police Department is asking for the public’s help to identify the shooter in an early evening shooting on November 16th. Officers were called to the scene of one person shot on Herbison Ave. The suspect had already fled. Officers and K9 Officers attempted to locate the suspect, however were unsuccessful. 

If anyone has any information related to this crime please contact Crime Stoppers of Sarasota by calling 941.366.TIPS or online at

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Theft from Macy's at UTC
November 05, 2017

On 11/5/17 at 1345 the listed individual was observed on video stealing items from the Macy's Department store located at University Town Center Mall.  The suspect stole the items from the kiosk display shelve and concealed them inside of a blue and white stripped bag.  
The suspect is described as a b/f, approximately 5'6".  She was wearing a purple colored dress  with a matching hair wrap and a large black purse.  
If you are able to identify this person and would be interested in a reward, you are asked to contact Crimestoppers by calling 941.366.TIPS (8477).
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Armed Robbery 5100 Fruitville Rd.
October 13, 2017

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to identify a suspect who robbed a Sarasota gas station early Friday morning.

Deputies were called to Shell at 5100 Fruitville Road, at 3:30 a.m., for reports of an armed robbery. According to the store clerk, the suspect approached him while he was standing outside and led him into the store at gunpoint. The suspect demanded cash and fled on foot westbound on Fruitville Road. Deputies and Venice Police Department K-9 units responded and attempted to locate the suspect however, were unsuccessful.

The suspect is described as a white male in his mid 30’s with an average build, approximately 5’10” tall, and 180 lbs. At the time of the robbery, he was wearing a black t-shirt with a light-colored long sleeve shirt underneath it. The suspect also had a t-shirt wrapped around his face and wore work gloves. 

If anyone has any information related to this crime please contact Crime Stoppers of Sarasota by calling 941.366.TIPS or online at

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Theft from VPD
October 06, 2017

On 7/30/17, a heavy set black female wearing a black and white striped dress w/hoddie and a large purse walked into Publix at 1445 E Venice Ave.  She is seen taking multiple knife sets and placing them into her cart.  The female ultimately exits the store stealing single knives.  
If you are able to recognize the female in the picture, please contact Crimestoppers.
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Armed Robbery 7-11
September 30, 2017

Update: Another robbery occurred in Manatee County on 10/1 at 2340 hrs, at the 7-eleven on Pearl Avenue/US 41.  The suspect, a black male with dreads, is likely the subject from the robbery in Sarasota.  he was wearing the same clothing and used the same verbiage when demanding cash from the clerk.

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office is currently conducting an Armed Robbery investigation.  

 Deputies responded to the 7-11 store located at 5420 N. Lockwood Ridge Road in Sarasota, shortly before 6:30 a.m. Saturday morning for reports of an armed robbery. 

The suspect was armed with a silver handgun and fled the store with the cash drawer. The suspect fled westbound on DeSoto Road in a silver four-door sedan. He is described as a black male in his early twenties, wearing a black hoodie, dark jeans, black sneakers and gloves. 

Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to contact Crime Stoppers by calling 941.366.TIPS (8477).

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Venice Police Department- Burglary
September 28, 2017

On Thursday 9/14/2017, a Victim had her purse stolen from her vehicle at Maxine Barret Park (1800 S. Harbor Dr) after 7:00 PM. The Victims credit card was used at the Venice Walmart (4150 S. Tamiami Trail) the same evening at 7:57 PM.

The pictured female was dropped off by a dark colored van or SUV at the North east corner of the parking lot closest to the garden center. The female exits through the garden center after using the card and is picked up by the same vehicle at the same drop off location.

A dark SUV was observed at Maxine Barrett Park next to the Victims vehicle backed in with a white female driver before the crime occurred.

If anyone can help identify this person please contact Crimestoppers.
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Sexual Molestation Charges
September 28, 2017

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to locate a 39-year-old registered sexual offender wanted on charges of Lewd or Lascivious Molestation of a 3-year-old child.

Deputies were first contacted on September 16, when the child’s parents reported that Ronald Correa, DOB 08/19/78, made inappropriate contact twice, with their 3-year-old. Correa, a registered sex offender, was temporarily staying at the family’s home at the time however, he did not report his address to law enforcement, thus violating sex offender requirements. When deputies attempted to serve the warrants at Correa’s home on Friday, the residence was vacant indicating that he may have fled the county.  If you have any information as to Correa's whereabouts, please contact Crimestoppes.

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Sarasota Police Department Homicide
September 27, 2017

During the evening hours of Monday, August 28, 2017, Travis Combs was murdered in the 1600 block of 22nd Street.  Mr. Combs was observed in this area by several subjects prior to his murder.  The Sarasota Police Department is asking the public for assistance with information regarding this murder and any other crimes related to it.  If you have any information please contact Crimestoppers, you may be eligible for a reward. 


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Walgreens Robbery
August 09, 2017

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Walgreens pharmacy at 5800 Bee Ridge Road for a report of an armed robbery. The suspect entered the store and demanded narcotics.


The suspect is described as white male who is approximately 5’10” with a skinny build.  He was wearing a green beanie, brown leather jacket, and dark color pants.  He was also wearing a gray backpack with black straps.  The suspect threatened he had a gun but none was seen.


If you recognize this subject, please contact Crimestoppers.  You can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward.



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Burglary and Motor Vehicle Theft in South Venice
May 10, 2017

During the early morning hours on 05/09/17, an occupied residential burglary, a residential burglary, and a motor vehicle theft occurred within blocks of one another in Zone 19. Due to the proximity and timeframe of these incidents, it is believed they were committed by the suspect described below.

At 0415hrs, a suspect, described as a white male, 5’10", medium build, blonde hair, with an Eastern European accent, forced entry into 1195 Ocelot Rd by breaking open the glass on a rear door with a rake stolen from the rear shed.

Once inside, the suspect confronted the homeowner, advised someone was after him, and demanded his car keys. The homeowner continued to tell the suspect to leave, and he fled out of the rear door. A laptop was taken from the residence and recovered in the backyard.

A few blocks away, the garage at 5780 Oxalis Rd was entered and cigarettes were taken from a vehicle parked inside. A bicycle, possibly belonging to the suspect, was left at the scene. Also, between 0400-700hrs, a white 1993 2-dr Jeep Cherokee FL 4203UI was stolen from front yard at 1172 Kenisco Rd. The Jeep is missing the driver’s side window and has black mustang style rims.

If you have any information related to these crimes, please contact Crimestoppers. 

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May 04, 2017

On 04/26/17, at approximately 0520 hours, deputies responded to a burglary at Lee’s Food Store located at 5604 Swift Road
in Sarasota.

Upon arrival deputies observed the padlock on the front door had been cut, possibly with bolt cutters.
Surveillance captured the pictured male suspect enter the business at 0515 hours carrying a flashlight.

The suspect went directly to an office were the business safe is stored. A deposit bag was taken during the offense. 

If you are able to identify this suspect or have any additional information on this case please call Crimestoppers.

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HIT AND RUN ( Vehicle vs Bicycle )
March 20, 2017

On Monday, March 20th, at around 5:15 pm, the victim was riding his bicycle on the sidewalk while crossing the Stickney point road bridge.

An eastbound vehicle, described only as a dark colored pick up truck, left the roadway and struck the victim on the bicycle, causing serious injury.

If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact Crime Stoppers.

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March 09, 2017

On Thursday, March 9th, at around 11:45PM, a masked subject armed with a handgun entered the KC Key Food Store at 716 Albee Rd. demanding money from the clerk.

The suspect appeared to be wearing black pants, a loose black sweatshirt, and a black mask with only one eye hole. The subject appeared to be armed with a large, black revolver.

If you have any information about this incident, contact Crime Stoppers. 

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January 31, 2017

On 01/28/2017 an unknown person(s) defaced the Venice Memorial Gardens, located at 1950 Center road in Venice. Please look at the graffiti closely. If you know or can identify the person(s) responsible, please contact Crime Stoppers and be eligible for a cash reward.

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