Teens Caught Burglarizing South Sarasota Home

A sheriff's deputy caught two teens in the middle of burglarizing a home on Proctor Road Monday morning.

Two teenagers are facing burglary charges after a Sarasota County Sheriff's deputy caught them inside a Proctor Road home Monday morning removing items.

Michael Benedict, 18, of 2126 Roselawn St., and Theodore Denny, 19 of no known address, were found inside removing items at a home in the 2300 block of Proctor Road by a deputy at 11:30 a.m. Monday, according to the sheriff's office.  Both face one county of residential burglary, according to the sheriff's office.

A neighbor witnessed the two entering a home and called the sheriff's office and the homeowner as well to check if anyone had permission to enter his home. The homeowner had been away since March, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Both Benedict and Denny have a history of burglary, battery and drug charges, according to the sheriff's office.

Lora September 25, 2012 at 10:41 PM
They are so young to be going down this road. Judges, please change it. Sentence them to a job at a fast food restaurant. They need to actually FEEL their own ability to bring in money, and the pride that goes with that. They need to see that it is actually easier to have a job than to deal with this over and over, worse and worse, in their lives. I'm no bleeding heart, but sometimes someone this young is in desparate need of experiencing the ALTERNATIVE to decades of crime and jail. Sometimes they need to be around a peer group that is their own age, yet setting goals and taking pride.
bruce September 26, 2012 at 03:08 AM
I totally disagree with above. This wasnt there first time they robbed and it wont be the last if you let it go. I say give them the max time. We need to stop this kind of stuff in Sarasota.They are thugs and drug addicts that need help for sure but a job isnt the way to go.
Rob September 26, 2012 at 01:58 PM
It's a tough call - some of these kids (or punks, depending on where they fall) wear that jail time like a badge. It's amazing to me that they have a record already of drug charges, battery and burglary. A slippery slope they are headed down, and they're not even 20 yet. I do agree, I think the younger they are when they are caught, the more chance something like court ordered action in their lives as opposed to jail time may work. But if they are already habitual, then a jail sentence may be the only thing that will work for them. I'm curious what the results of those other charges were. That might help tell what the appropriate action may be.
THE SOCIAL WORKER November 09, 2012 at 04:10 PM
do they have parents and what do they think?
Ellie November 16, 2012 at 05:30 AM
What an absurd comment (Lora). As a Criminal Justice educated resident of Sarasota, I can assure you, that letting these kids go unpunished would only turn out for the worst, for the people in this, or any other county. Here's an idea Lora, how about YOU take them into your life, your home, and let them be around your possessions, your family and your pharmacy, and see how that works out for YOU. Judges are not babysitters, they are here to hold a trial for criminals, and impose sentencing, if there is a conviction. I am cringing at the thought of you thinking that putting these juveniles in a job where they will be around food being served to the public is a good idea. I'm not fond of getting food (for myself or anyone else) that has passed through the hands of a drug addict. Take a peek at some of these charges. Obviously, getting caught before for committing crimes, didn't seem to make an impact. The consequences weren't harsh enough. April and again in September of this year , and now..What proud parents they must have…. DENNY THEODORE V…DATE FILED- 4/9/2012…CHARGES- DRUG POSSESS - POSSESSION OF COCAINE- NARCOTIC EQUIP POSSESS-AND OR USE- MARIJUANA POSSESS-NOT MORE THAN 20 GRAMS- BAIL SECURED BOND-FAILURE TO APPEAR FOR FELONY OFFENSE…DATE FILED- 9/25/2012…CHARGES - BURGL-OF UNOCCUPIED DWELLING; UNARMED; NO ASSLT OR BATT. Taken from public records, Sarasota county.


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