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2 Face Charges For Gulf Gate Car Burglary

Suspect that drove away from burglary told friend "thanks a lot bitch" while the two were being booked into jail, according to the sheriff's office.

Two Sarasota women are facing burglary charges after sheriff deputies spotted them breaking into a car on Mall Drive Tuesday morning, and the one suspect was none too pleased her conspirator gave deputies her info.

A deputy on routine patrol saw Casey Kane, 20, of 1687 Hyde Park St., and Morgan Mento, 4845 Monte Vista Drive, break into a Dodge Neon on Mall Drive near Gulf Gate Estates around 2:40 a.m., according to the probable cause affidavit.

"As I drove toward the passenger side of the vehicle, both females looked directly at me, closed the car door, and then quickly crouched down behind the car," Deputy S. R. Lutz wrote in the affidavit.

The suspects stole a black Dell Laptop computer, two Florida driver’s licenses and an 18-pack of beer, according to the sheriff's office. A check book was left lying on the driver’s seat when the burglary was stopped, according to the sheriff's office. One of the suspects admitted they went to the apartment community specifically to check for unlocked vehicles and take whatever they could find.

The two women ran in opposite directions and Mento was captured after falling while running and told the deputy that Kane "was stealing items from that vehicle" and that she got scared, according to the affidavit, and said she probably drove away.

Kane was stopped by another deputy near Bay Road, west of Tamiami Trail, after a lookout was issued, according to the affidavit.

When Kane was taken into booking, she walked by Mento and said "Thanks a lot, bitch" and engaged in a verbal argument.

Both suspects were also under the influence of alcohol, according to the affidavit.

Kane questioned the probable cause of the arrest and when the deputy told her she was standing next to the burglarized car, Kane "changed her story and said she got out and walked around to smoke a cigarette," after she invoked her Miranda rights, according to the affidavit. 

Kane is charged with burglary of an unoccupied conveyance and possession of alcohol by a person under 21. Mento is charged with burglary of an unoccupied conveyance, according to the affidavit. Both women have prior arrests for burglary and dealing in stolen property, according to the sheriff's office.

Kane's bond is set at $5,120, and Mento's bond is $5,000, according to inmate charge reports.

The sheriff's office is reminding residents to remove valuables from their vehicles and lock their car doors. 

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