Help requested to catch St. Armands burglary suspect

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SARASOTA - The Sarasota Police Department is requesting the public’s help to catch a suspect in connection to several St. Armand’s Circle residential burglaries.

Since November, there has been a series of residential burglaries on St. Armands Circle.

The suspect is prying the rear sliding glass doors or the front door to gain entry, and often targets the master bedroom where the most valuable jewelry can be found.

There is a possibility the suspect is watching the home in order to determine when the homeowner is away. In most of the burglaries, the homeowner has an alarm system but it was not activated. In other cases the homeowners are not locking the doors of their home upon leaving.

The most common location has been N. Washington Dr. and most recently S. Washington Dr.

The Sarasota Police Department urges all residents to utilize their alarm system and if the system has video capabilities, to ensure it is operating properly. It is also recommended that any valuable items be secured in a safety deposit box or in a secure area.

Our Criminal Investigations Division is dedicated and committed to working this area until the suspect has been apprehended. We ask citizens to be aware of their surroundings and call 911 if they notice any suspicious activity, vehicles or persons.