Crime

  Sarasota Sheriff Sworn-in

Kurt Hoffman – whose career includes stints with the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, as Assistant State Attorney for the 12th District, and most recently as General Counsel and Captain -- then Colonel under Sheriff Tom Knight --took office today.

Home invasion suspect tells police he was only acting as ‘vigilante’ to get drugs off the street

Palmetto man accused of assaulting man with baseball bat

Police: Sarasota man found safe in Martin County

FHP: North Port man arrested for threatening trooper with golf club

MCSO: Pharmacy bandit is charged following a month-long investigation.

‘Operation Guardians of the Innocence VI’ nets 13 arrests in Polk County

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Sarasota Police trying identify 2 people trying to break into local grocery store

With friends like these, who needs enemies

CCSO: 8 inmates test positive for COVID-19

Fatal car collision in Charlotte County kills Good Samaritan

SCSO: Bank robbery at SunTrust Bank

Sheriff: Women charged after dragging nude woman through parking lot after robbery

Car fire creates traffic delays in North Port

Crews responding to car fire in North Port.

Sarasota Police Department searching for missing man

Police need help locating Rene Robinson of Sarasota.

Manatee Sheriff’s Office searching for two men who committed separate crimes

The Manatee County Sheriff's Office asks the public to help deputies locate two men who live in the area.

Manatee County Sheriff identifies dead body found in mobile home park, woman arrested

A Manatee County woman is in custody after a deceased individual was found near the trailer park at Windmill Manor in Bradenton.

Police respond to a shooting in Bradenton

Two people arrested in Panama City Beach murder case

Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office attempts to identify Publix liquor store Armed Robbery suspect

New felony charges filed against DeSoto prisoner accused of escaping work detail

Missing endangered alert issued for Bradenton man

Suspect identified in St. Petersburg Police officer-involved shooting

Man arrested after allegedly beating woman and child with metal pole after being accused of stealing

A 31-year-old man has been arrested by the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office after allegedly beating a woman and her daughter with a metal pole after being accused of stealing.

SCSO continuing shooting investigation on intersection of Desoto Road and Tuttle Avenue, 5300 block of Tuttle Avenue closed off

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) says they are continuing to investigate a shooting incident that occurred on Monday night.

  17-year-old shot and killed after deputies say was ‘Drug deal gone bad’

Deputies with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) are conducting a homicide investigation on Verna Bethany Road and State Road 64 East in Myakka City.

Deputies conducting homicide investigation in Myakka City on Verna Bethany Road

Deputies with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) are conducting a homicide investigation on Verna Bethany Road and State Road 64 East in Myakka City.

Tampa Police Department actively investigating a homicide

Detectives are investigating a homicide that occurred in the area of N Nebraska Avenue and E Castle Court.

Police: Sarasota man accused of sexual battery and kidnapping of Orlando woman

Man booked into the Orange County Jail on charges of kidnapping, false imprisonment, carjacking, sexual battery and battery.

Bradenton man charged with animal cruelty in death of dog

A Manatee County man was charged with animal cruelty after investigators say a dog died after being tethered outside in hot temperatures with no shade.

CCSO reminds residents to not be an easy target, lock your vehicle

The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office reminds Suncoast residents to lock their vehicles.

Woman charged with Attempted Murder following break-in

27 year-old woman breaks into her co-worker's home and attacks co-worker's husband.

Former Sheriff’s Office employee charged with Scheme to Defraud

Detectives says the 41-year-old female employee collected more than $6,000 for hours she never worked.

Bradenton man charged with Animal Cruelty

Six dogs found abandoned, in distress, and malnourished at a home in Manatee County.

  Off the Market: A mission to end Modern Slavery

Florida third in the U.S. for human trafficking and more than 11,000 were human trafficked in the U.S. in 2019

Local men indicted on wire fraud, mail fraud, filing false tax returns

The men who are from Sarasota and Bradenton are also charged with Evasion of Payment of Income Taxes, and Fraud and False Statements.

MCSO: Bradenton man breaks into the home of his late mother’s husband, steals from and beats him

Charged with Home Invasion with a Weapon.

Troopers searching for driver in hit-and-run crash that injured a Venice man

Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) troopers are searching for the unknown driver of a sedan-like vehicle that was involved in a hit and run incident in Port Charlotte in which a Venice man was injured.

Florida Attorney General issues warning about COVID-19 texting scam

Florida’s Attorney General Ashley Moody is warning state taxpayers of a new COVID-19 related text scam that misleads recipients into giving out their banking information in exchange for a $1,200 stimulus check.

31-year-old man arrested for alleged home invasion in Englewood

Deputies with the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office have arrested a man in connection to a home invasion burglary that took place in Englewood on Turner Street earlier this month on Nov. 9.

Palmetto PD locate and arrest escapee who managed to flee with his hands cuffed

Police say Giroux was still wearing his handcuffs when they arrested him on Monday.

FHP reminds drivers to be safe after Trooper is involved in crash

Trooper sustains minor injuries.

Port Charlotte sex offender sentenced to 15 years in prison on charges related to child pornography

Charges date back to 2018.

Vehicle crashes into Clearwater bank after driver mistakenly hits the wrong pedal

Driver and passenger have minor injuries.

BPD is looking for two teen girls

Police need help finding the two girls.

SCSO: Woman wanted for Assault, Battery and False Imprisonment

A 35-year-old woman is wanted. Anyone who knows her whereabouts is encouraged to alert the Sheriff's Office or Crime Stoppers SRQ.

Fifteen men arrested for Failure to Obtain Workers Compensation Coverage and Unlicensed Contracting

Men arrested as a result of a MCSO Compensation Fraud and Unlicensed Contractor Sting.

Bradenton man sentenced to 15 years in prison for possessing a firearm and ammunition

His probation officer found cocaine, guns, and ammunition during a home compliance visit.

Englewood man arrested for possession of child pornography

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 34-year-old Englewood man on five felony counts of Possession of Child Pornography.

Palmetto PD attempting to locate escaped arrestee

The subject was in custody for obstruction as he is a prime suspect in an Armed Robbery that took place at Suncoast Baptist Church and another at Taco Bell.

MCSO: Man wanted for Fleeing to Elude a Law Enforcement Officer

Deputies ask anyone who has seen him to call the Sheriff’s Office or Crime Stoppers

Manatee Sheriff’s Department needs help locating a Robbery suspect

Manatee County Sheriff’s officials are searching for a man named Moises Martinez who is wanted for Robbery.

Police: Holmes Beach man attempts to sexually assault a victim, then stabs and strangles that person

The police chief of the Holmes Beach Police Department arrest stabbing suspect

Salt Life co-founder charged with manslaughter in death of Lake City teen

When officers found Duncan on Oct. 29, they say she suffered a single gunshot wound.

Sarasota Sheriff searching for bank robbery suspect

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a bank robbery that occurred Monday afternoon in Sarasota at the TD Bank located at 3450 Clark Road.

Sarasota woman arrested after shots fired in mall parking lot

The woman allegedly shot at her ex-husband and a female victim 3 times in the parking lot of the Westfield mall (Siesta Key).

Police conducting shooting investigation in 1500 block of 24th Street in Sarasota

The Sarasota Police Department has confirmed that there has been a shooting incident in the City of Sarasota on Sunday evening.

Venice man charged with kidnapping a North Port man

According to the victim, Pancek bound the victim with zip ties, gagged him, and beat him with a pole and a safe.

CCSO: CNA steals credit card from client with stage 4 cancer

37 year-old woman arrested after stealing her client's credit card and spending over $750.

Florida Highway Patrol holding seven-hour DUI detail in Manatee County

FHP is holding a DUI Wolfpack Detail into Halloween night in Manatee County

CCSO: Woman “hides” Meth in same location as previous arrest, newborn inside the vehicle

Landron faces three charges and also received two traffic infractions.

David L. Stephens sentenced to life in prison for the 1988 murder of Judith Elaine Doherty

Sarasota Police report DNA evidence was the silent witness for 32 years.

FHP: Pedestrian killed in motor vehicle accident

A pedestrian is dead after being hit by a car in Bradenton, FL.

SCSO: Pipe found in woman’s bra as she was booked into jail

Woman charged for smuggling drug paraphernalia into jail, according to officials.

Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office investigates thrift store vandalism

Sarasota County Sheriff’s Officials are seeking information on vandals who destroyed the non-profit Project Phoenix thrift store over the weekend.

Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office reports fatal car collision

Medics reporting 1 victim is deceased on scene|

BCSO: Three California men arrested in connection to deaths of 2 Florida men

California deputies have arrested three men in a double murder investigation involving the deaths of two Florida men.

PGPD: Officers seize 73 bags of cocaine during probation search

73 bags of powder cocaine and crack cocaine (25 grams in total) packaged for sale found inside a Punta Gorda residence.

MCSO: Woman throws her paralyzed son out of his wheelchair and beats him

Woman allegedly throws son out of wheelchair and beat him.

SCSO: Venice man charged in parrot theft

He grabbed a bag of birdseeds before reaching into a large cage and removing one of several small parrots.

NPD: Illegal marijuana grow house found in North Port

NPD uncovers dozens of marijuana plants at an illegal grow house.

Troopers looking for Hit and Run driver that hurt motorcyclist on Monday

FHP SWFL: The Hit and Run driver seriously injured a motorcyclist. Anyone with tips is encouraged to contact FHP or Crimestoppers.

CCSO reports threatening e-mails sent to Democratic voters

The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office has received complaints referencing voter intimidation via email. These e-mails are allegedly from the Proud Boys. The e-mails state your name, address, and voter information.

The Sarasota School District alerts FBI after threatening photo goes viral

The image that shows a woman holding a gun with the words “Karen Fights Back” was created by a well known YouTube Channel.

12 year old arrested on 11 felony counts for school threats

Child arrested after blaming an acquaintance for threats made to schools.

Investigation underway after police say two dead bodies were found in a home on Anna Maria Island

Bradenton Beach Police say they're investigating a suspicious death after two dead bodies were found in a home.

Boating crash suspect bonds out of jail

A Sarasota man accused and charged with crashing into docked boats on Saturday has bonded out of jail.

Manatee County Sheriff’s Office determines man in surveillance photo is not a suspect in 2018 homicide

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking new information in a 2018 homicide.

Interstate altercation leads to shooting

A man in a car shot at someone in a truck Thursday.

Man arrested in connection with horse theft and animal cruelty.

A St. Petersburg man has been arrested in connection with the theft and slaughter of a horse that happened in December of 2019.

Florida man pleads guilty to financing a sex-trafficking ring in the Philippines

Florida man who financed and patronized child sex-trafficking ring in the Philippines pleads guilty.