Indiana Duo Arrested for South County Burglaries

NEWS RELEASE 18-163 - OCTOBER 4, 2018
Martin, Michael  Russell, Dylan
Martin                                              Russell
The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office arrested two Indianapolis men after deputies connected them with a Venice burglary by tracking their use of stolen credit cards.
Deputies were notified Monday of a burglary in the 400 block of Bard Road in Venice, where several items including electronics, cash and credit cards were stolen from a vehicle. Detectives determined the suspect used a garage remote inside an unlocked car in the driveway to access an unlocked car inside the garage. Tactical Unit deputies launched an investigation and began tracking illegal credit card usage at various businesses in Sarasota County. Through video surveillance, deputies identified Dylan Russell and Michael Martin as the men responsible for using the stolen cards.
On Wednesday, deputies located Russell and Martin, both living out of a vehicle parked in the 4200 block of Tamiami Trail in Venice. Both men were arrested and transported to the Sarasota County Jail. Through continued investigation, deputies determined Martin is also responsible for a burglary that occurred Monday in the 2900 block of Myakka Road in Venice.
Russell, DOB 11/27/93, is charged with six counts of Criminal Use of Personal Identification and remains in custody today on $9,000 bond. Martin, DOB 07/04/84, is charged with two counts of Burglary of an Unoccupied Dwelling, one count of Burglary of an Occupied Dwelling and four counts of Criminal Use of Personal Identification. He remains in custody on $15,000 bond.