Runaway Teen Charged with Multiple Burglaries

Police located the 14-year-old in a home with a rifle and three knives next to him.
Sarasota Police have arrested a runaway 14-year-old and he has been charged with multiple burglaries. According to SPD, the juvenile was reported as a runaway on Sept. 29.
On Oct. 5, Sarasota Police Officer Steve Campion received information that the juvenile, identified as a suspect in a burglary that was being investigated by the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, could be in the area of the 3100 block of Novus Street.
According to SPD, Officer Campionbegan searching the area for the suspect. A citizen said that he saw a young man matching the juvenile’s description in a neighbor’s yard.
Sgt. McHale, the canine unit supervisor, responded to assist. Sgt. McHale’s dog tracked the scent from the neighbor’s yard to the 3100 block of Wood Street. The track led to a house with a screen that had been pushed up and an open window, police said.
Officer’s located the teenage suspect inside a bedroom of the house. The juvenile surrendered only after Sgt. McHale announced that they were prepared to send the dog into the home, police said.
A rifle and three knives were recovered within three feet of where officers found the suspect. The homeowner, police said, does not know the juvenile and did not give him permission to enter his home. The homeowner also advised that the rifle had been hidden in a closet and the knives had not been on the bed prior to the burglary.
The juvenile has also been charged with a separate burglary by the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office.
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