Sarasota sheriff: Bar patron caught on tape stealing purse at Siesta Key bar

Posted by MARC R. MASFERRER on July 2, 2014 

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office arrested a West Palm Beach man who was caught on camera stealing a purse from a bar in Siesta Key Village. Watch the video to see how quickly this crime can occur, and remember, never leave purses unattended and don't carry large amounts of cash when it's not absolutely necessary. SARASOTA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE VIDEO.

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News release from Sarasota County Sheriff's Office

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has arrested a West Palm Beach man caught on camera stealing a purse at a bar in Siesta Key Village.

Early Tuesday morning, the victim told the manager at the Beach Club that someone stole her purse. He watched surveillance video which shows the crime and then the suspect leaving the property. However, the suspect returned to the bar a short time later and was detained by security staff until deputies arrived.

The purse, phone and nearly $500 was recovered and Keith Hernandez, DOB 11/29/86, was arrested for Grand Theft. He was released from jail after posting $5,000 bond.

"Watching this video shows how quickly a crime can occur," said Sarasota County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Wendy Rose. "It's also a good reminder to not leave purses unattended or carry large amounts of cash when it's not absolutely necessary."

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