Deputies: Man breaks into Sarasota business, pulls out gun after being caught by employee

Sarasota County Sheriff arrests man for armed burglary

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - A 43-year-old convicted felon was taken into custody by the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office on armed burglary and assault charges after he allegedly broke into a local business.

Deputies were called to a business on the 3900 block of North Washington Boulevard in Sarasota around 11:15 a.m. Monday. The sheriff’s office says the business was closed when an employee arrived to pick something up. The employee says he spotted a bicycle in the parking lot and what looked like movement in the office.

When the employee went into the office, deputies say he saw David Willerer standing behind a desk holding two holstered firearms. According to the employee, Willerer pulled out one of the guns and said that he hadn’t taken anything and the employee should let him leave.

Fearing he’d be shot, deputies say the employee told Willerer he would let him go if Willerer put the guns down. Willerer re-holstered the gun, according to the sheriff’s office, and placed both weapons back on the desk.

Once outside, the employee began talking to Willerer to distract him until deputies arrived and took him into custody. Deputies say Willerer admitted to breaking into the building and finding the guns under a desk.

Willerer is charged with one count of Armed Burglary of an Unoccupied Structure, one count of Vehicle Burglary, one count of Aggravated Assault, one count of Violation of Probation and two counts of Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition by a Convicted Felon.

In a separate case, Willerer was convicted of a felony on March 4 and sentenced to 24 months probation.

He remains in custody at the Sarasota County Jail without bond.

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