The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has arrested James Hunter Santo, DOB 12/12/85, last known address 8503 Alam Avenue, North Port, for two crimes thanks to fingerprints he left behind on a 7-Up can in the most recent case.
Early Tuesday morning, someone broke into the home of a 91-year-old woman on Lord Street in Englewood. Deputies discovered the suspect left a soda can on the workbench in the victim’s garage before using a chisel to pry open the door to the home and steal items from the living room, kitchen and bedroom as the victim slept.
The next day, latent print technicians identified two fingerprints as belonging to Santo. Detectives then found that Santo had pawned several pieces of the victim’s stolen jewelry including her wedding ring, which she kept in a jewelry box on her dresser.
Detectives arrested Santo Friday and charged him with Occupied Burglary, Dealing in Stolen Property and Providing False Information to a Pawn Broker.
They already had an arrest warrant for Santo for stealing checks from an 82-year-old man earlier this year, so he is also charged with two counts of Forgery and one count of Criminal Use of Personal Identification.