Search for a suspect in smash and grab car burglaries in Lakewood Ranch

Lakewood Ranch Car Burglaries

LAKEWOOD RANCH (WWSB) - The search is on for a suspect who could be involved in a rash of smash and grab car burglaries.

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office says that at least three cars were broken into near the soccer fields at Lakewood Ranch Park around 10 o’clock Saturday morning and another person had their car broken into Saturday afternoon at the Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch.

A variety of items were taken from inside all four vehicles. It’s not yet known if these car burglaries are connected. A description of the suspect has yet to be released.

“It’s kind of scary when you here something like that happening this close to home in this nice of an area," said Jake Christian, a softball coach and a frequent visitor to Lakewood Ranch Park. "You got to be careful to parking your vehicle and being a couple hundred yards away and knowing somebody is going to smash a window and grab your belongings, it’s worrisome.”

Authorities are continuing with their investigation. If you have any more information on these smash and grab car burglaries, you’re being asked to contact the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

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