Sarasota man charged in string of burglaries

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SARASOTA - The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has arrested 25-year-old David Lewis of for a string of crimes from Dec. 23 to Jan. 7.

Deputies investigating 9 vehicle burglaries, primarily west of I-75 in an area bordered by Sawyer, Bee Ridge and Proctor roads, identified Lewis as the suspect from a Wal-Mart surveillance photo showing him use credit cards stolen in one of the crimes.

While searching for Lewis, his father showed deputies items that Lewis had brought into the home including two GPS units, a laptop computer, camera, cell phone, iPod and prepaid credit card – all identified as property stolen in the recent burglaries.

Lewis is charged with one count of Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card, one count of Larceny and nine counts of Burglary. He is currently being held on $46,120 bond. He has previously been arrested for burglary, drug possession and check fraud.

All nine of the vehicles that he burglarized were unlocked. This is a crime of opportunity so citizens should take the extra step to protect themselves and lock their vehicles at all times.