SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Detectives with the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office are requesting assistance identifying three black men who are suspects in stolen vehicle case and a hit-and-run that occurred Wednesday in Charlotte County but ended in Manatee County.
On Wednesday around 2:25 p.m., deputies responded to the Race Trac located on Sandhill Boulevard in Port Charlotte after receiving calls about a stolen four-door, Jeep Wrangler.
Deputies spotted the stolen Jeep ten minutes later, approaching the red light at Sandhill Boulevard and Kings Highway, and say the driver took off, running the red light and crashing into a car before heading northbound on I-75.
Though deputies gave chase, bad weather and the high speeds made it dangerous and they called off the pursuit. The Jeep was later found in Bradenton.
Detectives began investigating and incredibly they learned that just before the Jeep was stolen, the three suspects were found walking on the interstate and were picked up by a trooper with Florida Highway Patrol. The trooper transported them to the Race Trac where he dropped them off.
Now deputies are asking for your help identifying them. Anyone with any information regarding this case should call the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office at 941-639-0013.