The Bondsman with a Heart

May 2015

Burglary Suspects Caught in the Act

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office arrested two burglary suspects overnight after watching them try to break in to several vehicles.
Detectives identified the two Sarasota men as suspects in recent burglaries and vehicle thefts based on information developed during their investigation as well as prior arrests. The Tactical Unit conducted surveillance on the pair as they spent the night riding bicycles, trading one of the stolen bikes for drugs, and trying to break into 15 vehicles in residential driveways near Tuttle Avenue. On the 16th attempt one of the men made entry into an unlocked vehicle and deputies took them into custody.
The suspects, Jessie Himes, DOB 11/29/84, 2945 Prospect Street, and David Newman, DOB 11/22/90, 2847 Oak Street, confessed to these crimes and the others that sparked this investigation.
At this time, Himes is charged with Vehicle Burglary, 16 counts of attempted Vehicle Burglary and Dealing in Stolen Property, and Newman is charged as a Principal to those charges for acting as the lookout. Numerous additional charges are pending.
"These arrests are an example of our ability to immediately act on quality intelligence to take criminals into custody," said Sheriff Tom Knight. "We are also pleased to see that citizens have heeded repeated warnings about keeping vehicles locked because otherwise there would have been many more victims this morning."
Himes has 28 prior arrests including multiple burglary charges, carrying a concealed weapon and grand theft. This is Newman's eighth arrest for similar crimes.

Venice Man Arrested for Attack with an Ax

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office arrested a Venice man after he attacked two people with an ax.

Deputies responded to 1081 North Cypress Point Drive just before noon Saturday and found that resident Robert Giampino, DOB 3/2/57, had gone outside to confront a family friend who was sitting in a vehicle in the driveway. He hit the window and shattered the glass. When the male victim took off to escape the attack, Giampino grabbed his girlfriend's daughter from behind and placed the ax blade against her neck. He let her go when she said she was going to call the police.

Fortunately neither victim was seriously injured. The female received a cut to her finger while she protected her throat from the blade, and the man received cuts and scratches from falling glass.

Giampino was charged with two counts of Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon. Bail was set at $200,000 and he has now been released after posting bond.

Well-dressed women renting high-end cars, burglarizing gated communities

SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. -- A new burglary scheme has hit the Suncoast. Manatee County reports several break-ins in the eastern part of the county, and Sarasota County reports break-ins south county -- at Plantation Country Club in Venice, The Inlets in Nokomis and Calusa Lakes near Laurel Road.

Clay Bontrager is on the Homeowners Association Board at Calusa Lakes.

"We were surprised because we don't have break-ins of any type," Bontrager said.

Nancy Rencis just moved in a few weeks ago and found out the disturbing news.

"Within a few days of moving in, I heard this, so I've changed all the locks in the house," she said.

Nancy moved to
Florida after a frightening break-in up north.

"We sold our large house because we had a home invasion and we were home at the time, and the police warned us it was a very violent group that broke in," she said.

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Spokesperson says this suspected band of burglars isn't violent, just sophisticated and fast.
"One day it's Sarasota, the next it's the East Coast, then it's the Naples area," Wendy Rose said. "But fortunately
Florida law enforcement has a good network of sharing and that's how we are building these cases right now."

Rose also said the burglars are targeting jewelry and electronics.