A Bradenton man was arrested and charged with vehicle burglary, along with loitering and prowling, after residents called Sarasota police to report a suspicious person in their neighborhood on Monday night.
Sheldon Phillips, 23, was arrested that night after police officers were dispatched to the 2400 block of Hyde Park Street in Sarasota around 10 p.m. after concerned residents reported that a man was trying to open doors of vehicles.
Police officers say they had multiple similar calls come in at once from the area.
When officers arrived, residents told them they saw a man wearing blue jeans, no shirt and a jacket who was trying to break into vehicles. Officers then made contact with Phillips who matched the description.
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During a seach, Phillips was found in possession of a social security card in another person’s name. Officers found the owner of the card on a nearby block, where it was determined the person’s vehicle had been burglarized. The victim’s vehicle was unlocked.
“This is a great example of law enforcement and residents partnering together to stop a crime in progress,” Deputy Chief Pat Robinson said in a news release. “As a safety reminder, we want to remind all residents and visitors in the City of Sarasota to always lock their cars and remove their valuables.”
Phillips is on probation for two counts of burglary from Sarasota County and possession of a controlled substance from Manatee County and was additionally charged with violation of probation.