Man arrested in two-week crime spree

April 1, 2013 

— The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a 20-year-old Venice man in connection with a night bank burglary and a series of other crimes over the past two weeks, according to a press release.

Someone broke a window at the Bank of America, 218 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice, just after midnight on March 18. After bank employees repaired the window, the suspect returned and stole a large amount of coins, the release states.

During their investigation, detectives found that a man seen carrying the same bag as the suspect in the bank surveillance video exchanged several hundred dollars’ worth of coins at the Coin Star machine in the Venice Walmart the same day. The suspect has been identified as Zachary Beyer-Radford, 5270 Citadel Road, the release continues.

Beyer-Radford is also under investigation for thefts at Walmart and for stealing the rental vehicle that he used to commit these crimes, detectives stated. Sarasota deputies found him Friday night and, during a search of his vehicle, found drugs, ammunition and items stolen from Walmart, they reported.

Beyer-Radford admitted his guilt and is charged with burglary, wearing a mask or hood to commit a felony, two counts of grand theft, one count of petit theft, drug possession, possession of a weapon or ammunition by a convicted felon, driving without a valid license and grand theft auto. He is being held on more than $40,000 bond, the release concluded.

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