The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two men after following them on a retail crime spree that included thefts at six major stores.
After receiving information about two subjects stealing tools at Home Depot, the Tactical Unit learned the men also committed thefts at two Lowe’s locations. TAC located the suspects’ vehicle in Sarasota yesterday and watched as the men drove to Walgreens and several Walmart stores to steal fishing rods and other items. After selling rods at Value Pawn earlier in the day, their run ended at America’s Super Pawn when deputies took them into custody. Both admitted their crimes plus a theft at another Walmart store.
“It is important that the public understand we were investigating property crimes. We knew who the suspects were and our personnel contacted each store after the suspects left to gather evidence,” said Patrol Captain Paul Richard. “Following them allowed us to gauge the full scope of their activity and determine if they had any potential associates.”
Anthony Henry, DOB 8/18/94, 5550 Rollingwood Drive, is charged with two counts of Dealing in Stolen Property, two counts of Grand Theft, one count of Petit Theft, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Driving with License Suspended.
Michael Rowe, DOB 8/10/88, 5311 Altoona Street, is charged with two counts of Dealing in Stolen Property, two counts of Grand Theft, two counts of Petit Theft, and Fraud for providing false information to a Pawn Broker.
Additional charges are pending. Both men say they lost their jobs and needed money for drugs.