Teen suspect nabbed after armed burglary in downtown Sarasota

Teen suspect nabbed after armed burglary in downtown Sarasota
A rifle lays on the ground outside a store in Sarasota after a teenager crashed a car into the store Friday. (Source: Sarasota Police Department)

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Police have arrested a 15-year-old suspected of stealing a car, crashing into a business to gain entry, stealing guns, and then crashing the vehicle a second time while trying to escape.

Sarasota Police say it happened in the 300 block of Orange Avenue, just before 7:30 a.m., Friday.

Detectives believe the teen from Palmetto, who ABC7 will not name because of his age, backed a stolen Ford SUV into a side window of The Bullet Hole gun shop to gain access inside. Once inside, the teenager stole several firearms and left the area in the vehicle.

The teen was caught by Sarasota Police officers a short time later near the intersection of 17th Street and Orange Avenue after crashing into a tree. The vehicle the teen was driving was reported stolen out of Manatee County around 6 a.m. Friday.

The 15-year-old was taken to the Sarasota County Jail. They are facing charges of:

  • Armed Burglary,
  • Burglary by using a Motor Vehicle,
  • Burglary Causing Damage to a Structure in Excess of $1,000,
  • Fleeing to Elude,
  • Driving without a License,
  • Three (3) counts of Theft of a Firearm,
  • Criminal Mischief.

Sarasota police say the same teenager was arrested in Manatee County on Jan. 4 for armed burglary, 15 counts of theft of a firearm, grand theft, and criminal mischief.

Anyone with additional information on this case is asked to call Detective Kim Laster at 941-263-6827 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com

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