The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a man with a long criminal history in connection with several armed burglaries in Nokomis this morning.
Deputies responded to Shore T Road just before 6:00 a.m., when a resident reported that someone had broken into his SUV. The man chased the suspect but stopped when the suspect threatened him with a gun. As deputies set up a perimeter they learned of another vehicle burglary on the same road in which a gun was stolen. During a search of the area deputies located the suspect on Bayshore Road and took him into custody.
The suspect, identified as James Demaio, DOB 2/12/83 (no permanent address), told investigators he also burglarized a home in the 400 block of Bayshore Road. Detectives learned Demaio took a cell phone, cash and jewelry while the female resident slept.
Demaio is charged with one count of Occupied Residential Burglary with a Weapon, three counts of Armed Burglary, one count of Aggravated Assault with a Firearm, two counts of Possession of a Firearm or Ammunition by a Felon and one count of Possession of Burglary Tools.
This is Demaio’s 19th arrest since 2006. He’s being held without bond for the Aggravated Assault charge and $76,500on the remaining charges.