Deputies arrest man after Nokomis burglaries

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NOKOMIS, Fla. - The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a man with a long criminal history in connection with several armed burglaries in Nokomis Tuesday morning.

Deputies responded to Shore T Road just before 6:00 a.m., when a resident reported that someone had broken into his SUV. The man chased the suspect but stopped when the suspect threatened him with a gun. As deputies set up a perimeter they learned of another vehicle burglary on the same road in which a gun was stolen. During a search of the area deputies located the suspect on Bayshore Road and took him into custody.

The suspect, 30-year-old James Demaio, told investigators he also burglarized a home in the 400 block of Bayshore Road. Detectives learned Demaio took a cell phone, cash and jewelry while the female resident slept.

Demaio is charged with one count of Occupied Residential Burglary with a Weapon, three counts of Armed Burglary, one count of Aggravated Assault with a Firearm, two counts of Possession of a Firearm or Ammunition by a Felon and one count of Possession of Burglary Tools.

This is Demaio’s 19th arrest since 2006. He’s being held without bond for the Aggravated Assault charge and $76,500 on the remaining charges.