The Bondsman with a Heart

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.