Attempt to Identify Burglary Suspect

News Release #: 17-112 - MAY 5, 2017

Lee's Food Store

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to identify the suspect who burglarized a business early Friday morning in Sarasota.

Deputies responded to an alarm call just after 4:30 a.m., at Lee’s Food store located at 5604 Swift Road. When they arrived, deputies noticed the padlock on the front door had been cut. Through investigation, detectives obtained surveillance video which captures the suspect enter the store and fill a plastic bag with 30-40 cartons of cigarettes before fleeing westbound towards Constitution Blvd. This is the second burglary to occur at the business within the last two weeks with a similar method of entry and similar looking suspect. The prior burglary occurred on April 26 at approximately 5:15 a.m., and resulted in the theft of an undisclosed amount of cash and checks.

Anyone with information regarding these incidents is asked to contact the Criminal investigations Section at 941.861.4900. Video surveillance from the Friday morning burglary is viewable on the sheriff’s office YouTube channel at