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Porn store robber sought in Sarasota

Sarasota, Florida -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office is investigating a robbery that occurred at a north Sarasota business Tuesday morning.

Deputies were called to Adult Pursuits, 3480 17th Street, at 10:37 a.m., when the clerk reported she had been robbed.

The suspect is described as a white male with a tan face, 6' tall, 180-200 pounds, in his 40's, with a dark beard and mustache. The man was last seen wearing a dark baseball cap, a dark short sleeved shirt and black gardening gloves. He fled the scene on a blue or silver bike, possibly without a seat.

Caught on Camera: Man tries to break into trailer

Sarasota, Florida -- Sarasota Police Department detectives are looking for a man who was caught on camera trying to break into a work trailer.

Detectives say between 11 p.m. and 11:15 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, the man walked up to the trailer at Andy's Professional Grounds Maintenance in the 2100 block of 9th Street and tried to break into the trailer using some type of tool or metal bar.

PHOTOS: Man attempts to break into landscaping trailer

Citizens Law Enforcement Academy graduation

Citizens Law Enforcement Academy graduation

Sarasota, Florida -- The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office graduated another 25 people last night from the 39th class of the Citizens Law Enforcement Academy (CLEA).

CLEA is held one night a week for 10 weeks and gives citizens an inside look at Sheriff’s Office operations. The course includes a tour of the jail and courthouse, and activities such as a ride-along with patrol, conducting felony traffic stops and firearms training. There are also sessions in law enforcement procedures, criminal investigations, K-9, SWAT and Forensics, each taught by a subject matter expert.

Man brings child to buy drugs

Sarasota, Florida -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has arrested a man who brought a six-year-old boy with him as he and a friend drove to a north Sarasota home to buy drugs.

Deputies say they conducted a traffic stop on a white pickup truck just after 10:00 p.m. Friday night after it left a home at Dixie Avenue and Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd., and ran a stop sign as it left the area.

When deputies approached the truck they found 32-year-old Fallon Miller, her passenger 48-year-old Gregory Wagner, and the child sitting between them.

Man wanted for stealing, pawning computer equipment

Sarasota, Florida -- Sarasota Police Department officers are looking for an Osprey man who is accused of stealing computer equipment from a girlfriend and selling it to a pawn store.

Police are looking for Christopher Schenks on charges of dealing in stolen property and fraud, false statement verifying ownership to a pawnbroker of $300 or more.

He is described as a white male, 6'1", 150 lbs, with black hair and hazel eyes. His last known address of 1519 Danforth Lane in Osprey.

Interactive crime mapping on web and iPhone

Interactive crime mapping on web and iPhone

Sarasota County, Florida --Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight would like to announce that there is a new mobile version of the interactive crime mapping program available on the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office website.

Police: Man uses hammer to rob store

Sarasota, Florida -- Officers are investigating an armed robbery that took place at Smoke Shop Sarasota/Cheap Smokes.

Sarasota Police officers say around 4 p.m. Friday, a man walked into the store located on North Tamiami Trail with a hammer demanding money.

Reportedly, the man then threw the hammer at the clerk, which hit the clerk on the shoulder, and then threatened the clerk with a gun.

The clerk jumped over the counter and ran out of the store. The man smashed the register and ran off with an unknown amount of money.

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