Sarasota News Leader

03/14/2014

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The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has charged a career criminal from Pinellas County in connection with a spate of Siesta Key condo burglaries, the office has announced. Detectives identified the suspect as Edward Grinnell, 49, of 9204 66th St. North, Lot 54, and worked with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office on this investigation, a news release says. On Monday, March 10, Grinnell ran from Pinellas County Sheriff's deputies during a traffic stop but was taken into cus- tody a short time later, the release adds. He was wearing the same dark Nike sandals, cargo shorts, T-shirt and hat seen in surveil- lance photos the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office had released during its investigation of the Siesta incidents, the release notes. "He was also carrying a plastic bag containing burglary tools," it adds. Grinnell has been charged with one count each of Burglary and Grand Theft, the release says. He will be charged in at least six other Siesta Key cases when he is transferred to the Sarasota County Jail. However, the inves- tigation is ongoing, the release points out. He remains jailed in Pinellas County, where he faces additional charges. "Grinnell is a career criminal with more than 40 felony and misdemeanor convictions for burglary, grand theft, trafficking in stolen property and escape," the release says. Edward Grinnell (inset, contributed photo) has been charged in connection with burglaries at condominiums on Midnight Pass Road on Siesta Key, including a November 2013 incident at Crescent Arms, located at 6310 Midnight Pass Road. Image from Google Maps SUSPECT IN SIESTA CONDO BURGLARIES NABBED THIS WEEK CRIME BLOTTER

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