Manatee County Sheriff’s Office searching for masked suspect who broke into lanai and pool area with rifle

Manatee County Sheriff’s Office searching for masked suspect who broke into lanai and pool area with rifle
Manatee Co. Sheriff released image of an armed suspect by a pool. (Source: WWSB)

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. (WWSB) - The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office is hoping someone will be able to identify the masked person who broke into a home and walked around the pool while holding a rifle.

The incident in question occurred on Dec. 1 around 3:30 a.m. The bizarre scene was captured on the home’s surveillance system.

“We don’t know what the intent would’ve been, it doesn’t appear that anything was taken,” said Randy Warren, spokesperson for the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office. “This person did not make entry into the actual house it was just inside the screened lanai, cut the lanai in order to make entry, so it’s a burglary to an occupied dwelling.”

The suspect is a male with a slim build, weighing approximately 150 to 180 lbs. He was wearing beanie-style hat, ear protection headphones, face covering, sweatpants, gloves and crocs.

This happened at a home in the Summerfield development in Lakewood Ranch. The subject was captured on a home security system and was armed with some type of rifle. He was seen walking slowly around the pool deck looking mostly down at the ground.

The video and incident has left Amy Warner and other neighbors in the development on edge.

“Very concerning, he covered his face, the back of his head,” said Warner. “You can’t tell his race, you can’t see his hands, it’s very disturbing especially to see a rifle in his hands.”

This is the only video available at this time and no other similar reports have been filed.

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