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07/12/2013

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Click to watch the video CRIME BLOTTER Surveillance video shows suspects using allegedly stolen credit cards in Walmart. Video courtesy of the Sheriff's Office SOUTH FLORIDA CRIME RING MEMBERS ARRESTED The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has arrested five members of a south Florida crime ring who allegedly committed several smashand-grab vehicle burglaries in Sarasota July 9 and then used the victims' credit cards at area stores, the office has reported. at the Cattlemen Road Walmart and stopped them as they left the parking lot, the report continues. Most of the stolen property has been recovered. Detectives viewed store surveillance video, which showed the suspects using the credit cards that had been reported stolen, according to the Sheriff's Office. Some of the suspects had existing warrants or committed other offenses during this investigation, the report adds. The investigation into the crime spree began around 7 p.m. July 9, when two women noticed their vehicle windows were smashed and purses stolen outside Funtastics Gymnastics & Cheerleading on Ashton Road, a report says. Deputies investigating that crime As of July 10, the suspects were facing received notice of three additional vehicle about 49 charges altogether, including mulburglaries at Twin Lakes Park on Clark Road, tiple counts of Vehicle Burglary, Criminal the report adds. Use of Personal Information, Fleeing to Within the hour, deputies were able to alert Elude and Providing False Names to Law members of the Tactical Unit to locations Enforcement while Legally Detained. The where the stolen credit cards were being used. investigation is continuing, and additional TAC deputies located two suspicious vehicles charges are pending.

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