Sarasota sheriff: 'Prolific' offender charged in burglaries

jdeleon@bradenton.comJuly 10, 2014 

SARASOTA -- Investigators have connected a prolific offender to four burglaries in which thousands of dollars' worth of jewelry and lawn equipment were stolen, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.

Hobert Roberts, 38, was charged with four counts of burglary, and one count each of grand theft, grand theft auto and theft, according to a news release.

Since June, Roberts and another man were under investigation after being charged with dealing in stolen property and defrauding a pawn broker after they pawned jewelry stolen from several units at Express Storage on Claxstrauss Drive, according to the sheriff's office.

On Wednesday, detectives executed a search warrant at Roberts' home in the 5100 block of Indian Mound Street in Sarasota.

During the search, a large white utility trailer was found in his back yard with the rear door open, the release stated.

Detectives found two riding lawn mowers stolen from a locked storage lot on Palmer Boulevard in July inside. Nearby in a shed, several weed eaters, leaf blowers and tree trimming equipment and additional property stolen from the same victim the month before were also found.

A four-wheeler stolen from a secure fenced Sarasota County Government lot was also recovered during the search, the sheriff's office said.

Roberts prior arrests include charges of burglary, grand theft, domestic battery and aggravated assault.

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