The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has arrested Cornelius McClern, DOB 9/21/74, 2813 Pershing Avenue, Sarasota, for breaking into the Florida Power and Light facility in the 5600 block of McIntosh Road.
Deputies conducting surveillance last night due to recent crimes in the area watched McClern as he tried to pry open the front door of the storage building at about 3:20 a.m. When he couldn’t get inside, McClern walked around and entered the building through another door. Deputies found McClern inside and took him into custody.
McClern has a significant criminal history in Sarasota, Manatee and Pinellas Counties with 53 felony charges dating back to 1990, including arrests for burglary, grand theft and trafficking in stolen property. He was released from prison in March of this year but arrested in Manatee County for a similar crime in June.
McClern was booked into the Sarasota County Jail and charged with Burglary of an Occupied Structure, Possession of Burglary Tools and Criminal Mischief.