Po­lice: Same peo­ple com­mit­ted 2 bur­glar­ies just min­utes apart

The Bradenton Herald - - News - BY SARA NEALEIGH snealeigh@braden­ton.com

Sara­sota po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve the same four men bur­glar­ized two area busi­nesses Mon­day and are ask­ing the pub­lic to help iden­tify them.

Of­fi­cers were called to the Shell Sta­tion at 300 N. Wash­ing­ton Blvd. in Sara­sota around 1:10 a.m. Mon­day when an alarm went off in­di­cat­ing a bro­ken glass door. Po­lice ar­rived and found the glass front door to the store bro­ken and a large ce­ment rock nearby.

Sur­veil­lance video showed four men get­ting out of a sil­ver-type four­door sedan that had been backed into a park­ing space and walk­ing to­ward the store’s door. One of the men threw a large rock he was car­ry­ing through the door, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

The four men went in­side and ran to­ward the cash reg­is­ter. They took mul­ti­ple car­tons of cig­a­rettes be­fore run­ning from the store.

About 10 min­utes later, po­lice were called to a se­cond bur­glary, this one at the Citgo/Dodge Store at 3580 Fruitville Road in Sara­sota.

Once again, of­fi­cers found the glass front door bro­ken and a ce­ment paver nearby.

Video also showed three men get­ting out of a sil­ver­type four-door sedan and walk­ing to the store’s front door. Again, some­one car­ry­ing a rock through it through the glass door and they took cig­a­rettes from in­side be­fore driv­ing off, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

Po­lice said the ex­act amounts and value of items taken is un­known for both stores.

A news re­lease said in­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve it was the same peo­ple in­volved in both in­ci­dents.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to call De­tec­tive Jes­sica Sul­li­van at 941-9547076 or leave an anony­mous tip with Crime Stop­pers at 941-366-TIPS or on­line at sara­so­tacrime stop­pers.com.

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