Home Burglaries Increase as SUR-13 Gang Members Have Set Up Shop in South Gate Ridge Sarasota Fl., Home Burglaries Linked to SUR-13 Gang Members Who Have Set Up Shop in South Gate Ridge Sarasota Fl., Sheriff’s officials in Sarasota say they believe effective crackdowns on gangs in Manatee are sending SUR-13 gang members over the county line to commit crimes
UPDATED FROM Tuesday, September 21, 2010
PUBLISHED June 16th, 2013
SOUTH GATE RIDGE SARASOTA FL BURGLARIES: One tactic of the SUR-13 Gang is to break into homes by using a pry bar to take a rear sliding glass door off it’s track and pull the glass door up and out, easy access to the home.
SARASOTA COUNTY – A dangerous street gang from Manatee County invaded rural Sarasota County during a string of burglaries that targeted affluent and secluded homes east of the interstate, according to authorities.The burglaries are believed to be the first time Sur 13, a gang with origins in California, has branched out from its home bases in Oneco and Palmetto into Sarasota County.Two gang members are in custody and detectives obtained arrest warrants for two others. The first break-in was in August and at least 20 homes — most of them along Fruitville and Clark roads — were burglarized.The suspects are high-ranking gang members who planned the crimes, took part in the burglaries and used new recruits to carry them out, authorities say.Investigators believe members parked their cars on Fruitville or Clark roads and walked into the neighborhoods during the day. They likely knocked on doors to find out if anyone was home and if not, went around back and pried open glass sliding doors, said Sarasota Sheriff’s Maj. Ken Kenney.
Sheriff’s officials in Sarasota say they believe effective crackdowns on gangs in Manatee are sending SUR-13 gang members over the county line to commit crimes, and authorities in Manatee have already assisted them in a gang investigation that led to arrests. “I am convinced that gang activity has been in Sarasota for quite some time,” Manatee Sheriff Brad Steube said. “They just happened to arrest some people from Manatee County, but I don’t think criminals see county lines.” Even if there has been migration of gang members to Sarasota, it has not curtailed gang activity in Manatee. Steube said he believes SUR-13 and numerous other gangs are still quite active in Manatee, including recent sporadic drive-by shootings. Sheriff’s detectives believe there are more than a dozen active gangs in Manatee with more than 700 members. Another racketeerings case is being built against another Manatee gang.