Man sought for robbing woman in Sarasota parking lot

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SARASOTA - The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office looking for a suspect in a strong arm robbery that occurred Monday outside a restaurant in the 4300 block on Bee Ridge Road.

According to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, the victim was walking to her vehicle just before 10 p.m., when the male suspect snuck up behind her, pushed her head down, snatched her purse and ran off.

Detectives found surveillance video from the Laundromat next door that shows the suspect was loitering there until the restaurant closed.

The suspect is described as a white male, 5’8” tall, about 180 pounds with brown hair. He had a crew cut, tattoos on both calves and was wearing a Hollister shirt.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Criminal Investigations at 941-861-4900 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477), or online at or via text message by texting TIP109 plus a message to CRIMES (274637).