Social media sleuths help police identify, locate woman who allegedly stole from downtown Sarasota hotel

Art Ovation Gift Store Theft Suspect Sought

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Police in Sarasota say thanks to social media sleuths, they’ve identified and located a woman who stole from a hotel in the city.

On Friday, January 10 around 10:15pm, police say Mary Arslanagic, also known as Mary Tormey, is seen in these photos stealing approximately $1,000 from the gift shop at the Art Ovation Hotel, Autograph Collection.

Police say the woman in this photo stole from Art Ovation in downtown Sarasota
Police say the woman in this photo stole from Art Ovation in downtown Sarasota (Source: Sarasota Police)

Police first posted to social media about the theft on Monday, asking for the public’s help in identifying her. By Wednesday, police say she had been positively identified and was wanted on an arrest warrant for grand theft.

By Friday, she had been taken into custody. Police credit their social media followers with resolving the case.

🚨CASE UPDATE 🚨Thanks to the help of YOU, our incredible social media followers, we identified & arrested Mary...

Posted by Sarasota Police Department on Friday, January 17, 2020

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