Assistance Identifying Auto Theft Suspect

NEWS RELEASE #: 16-108

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's assistance to identify a tow truck vehicle suspected of stealing a car from a residence in Sarasota.

On May 8, deputies were called to 4803 Andrew Avenue for reports of a stolen vehicle. Surveillance video from the property shows a dark-colored tow truck arrive at 3:08 a.m., and quickly back into the victim's driveway. The driver swiftly lifts the victim's vehicle and flees in just under 15 seconds. The stolen car is a 2006 blue Infiniti sedan baring the license plate 7717GK. Detectives confirmed the owner was not facing repossession at the time.

Anyone with information about either vehicle involved should contact Criminal Investigations at 941.861.4900 or submit an anonymous tip through Crime Stoppers of Sarasota County by calling 941.366.TIPS (8477), online at