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The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office is inves- tigating a July 20 report of an attempted burglary at an occupied residence, the office has announced. At 1:10 a.m. on July 20, officers responded to a call about an incident in the 4800 block of Sawyer Pine Road in Sarasota, a news release says. Upon arrival, deputies spoke with the 15-year-old victim, who told them he was home alone when he heard banging from the rear of the residence, the release adds. While trying to find out the source of the noise, the release continues, the juvenile observed a suspect attempting to enter the house through the rear door. "At this point the juve- nile feared for his safety, so he armed himself with a shotgun," the release adds. The juve- nile then fired a warning shot into an interior door, which caused the suspect to flee, the release says. "No one was injured as a result of the gunshot," the release notes. Deputies established a perimeter around the residence, and a K-9 Unit unsuccessfully attempted to track the suspect, the release continues. The suspect is described as a white male, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall with a thin to medium build, the release says. He was wear- ing a black mask, a black zippered jacket and blue jeans. A n y o n e w i t h i n f o r m a t i o n a b o u t t h e case is encouraged to call the Criminal Investigations Section at 861-4900, leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 366-TIPS (8477) or going online at % SHERIFF'S OFFICE SEEKING SUSPECT IN ATTEMPTED HOME BURGLARY A map shows the location of the 4800 block of Sawyer Pine Road in Sarasota. Image from Google Maps Sarasota News Leader July 25, 2014 Page 84

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