SARASOTA, Fla. – The Sarasota Police Department is investigating several stolen vehicles and auto burglaries, and attempted vehicle thefts that have occurred since Tuesday, July 11, 2023.
The vehicle makers involved in these incidents are Kia, Hyundai, and Chevrolet.
“It is not yet clear if these incidents are related. In total, there have been 16 reported incidents that have occurred; 11 auto burglaries/attempted thefts and 5 stolen vehicles,” said SPD.
According to investigators, a juvenile has been arrested in one of these incidents. Most of the vehicles suffered damage in these incidents, such as broken windows, steering columns, and ignitions.
In one of these cases, a resident in the area was confronted by possible suspects and suffered minor injuries. The suspects are described as juveniles.
Police say some of these incidents involved vehicles that were left unsecured, “so we are again asking that residents please lock their vehicles when they are unattended.” This is an active criminal investigation.
Anyone believing they have information on any of these cases is asked to call the Sarasota Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division at 941-263-6070 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com.
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