Attempt to Identify Robbery Suspect

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The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to identify a man suspected of robbery by sudden snatching at a jewelry store at University Town Center this morning.

Deputies responded to Kay Jeweler’s just after 11:00 a.m. for a report of a robbery. Deputies quickly responded, set up a perimeter and made contact with the employee. The employee stated she removed two diamond rings from the case to show the suspect who then asked to see a third. As the employee removed the third ring, the suspect grabbed it out of her hand and fled the store with all three rings. The suspect, a black or Hispanic male with facial hair, was wearing a blue and white plaid shirt, and drove away in a small gray, four-door car.

Anyone with information regarding the identity or location of the suspect is asked to contact the Criminal Investigations Section at 941.861.5800 or Crime Stoppers of Sarasota at 366.TIPS (8477).