SARASOTA -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office arrested a man after seeing him sneak out of the woods wearing dark-colored camouflage and gloves on his hands.
The deputy was traveling behind a van on Center Gate Boulevard in Sarasota just after midnight Thursday when it came to a stop in the middle of the road. The deputy noticed a man walk from the wood line toward the van and made contact with the subject, who was sweating profusely and asked for a cigarette.
Upon checking the area the man came from, the deputy saw several spools of copper wire and bolt cutters just west of a construction site, so the site superintendent was contacted to respond to the scene and showed deputies several rooms from which the copper wire was stripped doing about $5,000 in damage and loss.
Michael Schwartz, 26, 5408 Starwood Place, Sarasota, is charged with burglary, possession of burglary tools and trespassing on a construction site. Schwartz's arrest history includes armed burglary and aggravated battery.