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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.

SUR-13 Gang members set up shop in Sarasota Fl.  Following two paragraphs are from a publication called “The Gangs of SarasotaSUR-13, Sureños (Spanish for “Southerners”) are a group of Mexican American street gangs with origins in Southern California. The gang’s alleged roots came from a jail discussion between the Mexican Mafia (La EME) and Nuestra Familia (NF). Those who sided with La EME aligned themselves in the south (sureño=southerner) while those that sided with the NF aligned themselves in Northern California (norteños=northeners). Sureños represent themselves with symbols and phrases such as “Sur 13”, “Los Sureños” and “Sureño Trece.”
These indentifications are accompanied by the color navy blue & gray, numeric code of number 13 and the Roman numeral of XIII or X3“To a gang, graffiti serves to establish its presence, to establish its turf or territory, to warn of impending danger or threats and to put down rival gangs or issue a challenge. Part of the gang language includes the use of numbers as symbols or numbers that correspond to letters of the alphabet. It provides a kind of shorthand or code for gangs.  Two SUR -13 Gang Members Robert Williams, 27, and 22-year-old Angelica Villanueva – were being sought in a string of home break-ins in Sarasota Fl.
Region 6 Gang Reduction Task Force SUR-13; A Hispanic gang operating in Bradenton, Palmetto, Sarasota and other areas of Manatee and Sarasota county. Members have been involved in narcotics crimes, burgarlies, auto theft, and drive by shootings;
Chair Sheriff Brad Steube Manatee County Sheriff’s Office (941) 747-3011
Co-Chair Sheriff Mike Scott Lee County Sheriff’s Office (239) 477-1000
Co-Chair SAC E.J. Picolo FDLE (239) 278-7170 Included Counties: Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hendry, Highlands, Lee, Manatee, Okeechobee, Sarasota.

Region 6 Gang Reduction Task Force Mission:  Mobilize the Region to coordinate, develop, and implement well-informed community-based interventions that will combat SUR-13 gang problems at the local, regional, and state levels.
The intent of the Gang Reduction Task Forces is to bring together the many partners in the community who focus on the issues of gang activity and their related consequences. This is an opportunity for everyone to get informed, share information, build relationships, and strengthen already existing partnerships.
Number of Documented gang Members & Associates in Region 6 are 3,071.
  Bill Warner Private Investigator, SEX, CRIME, CHEATERS & TERRORISM.