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Theft suspects lead deputies on chase; both in custody

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Published: Nov. 9, 2021 at 11:12 AM EST
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SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Both suspects in a theft at the Home Depot are now in custody, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office said.

Officials say the pair led deputies on a chase on Interstate 75, ending in a crash in North Port after a retail theft was reported around 4:30 p.m. Monday in Home Depot. According to a probable cause affidavit Michael Barione and Iris Rviera were concealing merchandise. When loss prevention confronted the pair, they say Barone got into an altercation with the the store security guard.

The two suspects fled in a vehicle onto southbound I-75. Deputies chose not to pursue due to safety concerns, but the sheriff’s Aviation Unit tracked the suspects and relayed their position to ground units.

The getaway driver eventually lost control of the vehicle in a residential area in Warm Mineral Springs and fled on foot, according to a spokeswoman from the sheriff’s office.

One passenger in that vehicle was taken into custody. No serious injuries or damage were reported.

Deputies say that eventually located the second suspect.

Iris Rivera remained on scene and was taken into custody. Barone was charged with theft, deputies say he was tased during the altercation with store loss prevention. As they fled the scene, deputies say Barone switched places with Rivera behind the wheel and led the police on the chase.

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