Female burglary ring busted in Sarasota

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SARASOTA, FL. - The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has broken up a female crime ring suspected of committing at least 20 burglaries at Sarasota area homes over the past two weeks.

Deputies say 19-year-olds Samantha Smith and Brandy Kinney, 23-year-old Alyssa Conrad, and 20-year-old Caroline Catarzi, have been breaking into homes in the Southgate area to steal jewelry, coins and cash. The suspects say they committed the crimes to fund their addiction to Oxycodone.

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has charged both Smith and Kinney with five counts of Burglary, and Conrad and Catarzi are each charged with five counts of Burglary, one count of Fraud for providing false information to the pawn broker and one count of Dealing in Stolen Property. Additional charges are pending.

The women are also suspects in numerous burglaries being investigated by the Sarasota Police Department and charges in those crimes are forthcoming.