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Bradenton Men Charged For Sarasota Burglaries

Sarasota County Sheriff's Office says the men target homes with opened and unlocked windows.

Two Bradenton men are facing burglary charges in Sarasota after their arrest on Friday.

Sarasota County Sheriff's deputies stopped a blue 2002 Grand Marquis Friday afternoon because it matched the description provided by burglary victims and during the search of the car, deputies found a jewelry box, Xanax and a metal pry bar, according to the affidavit.

The items in the car matched the description at burglaries reported at a Woodbirch Place home that was broken into Friday and a Cedarwood Drive home burglarized Nov. 26, according to the sheriff's office.

The driver, Jeremy Maxwell, 30, of 5506 16th St. West, Bradenton, faces the following charges:

  • Burglary of an unoccupied dwelling (twice)
  • possession of burglary tools
  • Driving with a suspended license
  • Habitual Traffic Offender

Passenger Michael Mullins, 22, of 5318 7th Ave. Drive West, Bradenton, faces the following charges:

  • Burglary of an unoccupied dwelling (twice)
  • Possession of burglary tools (twice)
  • Possession of controlled substance

Mullins is also on felony probation for Grand Theft in Manatee County, according to the sheriff's office.

Additional items were found in the car and investigators believe they are from other burglaries and more charges are pending, according to the sheriff's office.

Mullins' sister told investigators that her brother told her that he was burglarizing homes and only breaks into homes if he finds an open window, according to the sheriff's office, and that her brother has a "horrible pill addiction and that he is constantly out with bad people at all hours of the day."

The sheriff's office reminds residents to close and lock your windows when you leave your home and go to sleep.

Lora December 03, 2012 at 10:00 PM
If Mullins' sister cared about her brother, she would have made at least an anonymous call stating she knew who was doing the burglarizing. What if he would have entered a home and been shot to death?
Lisa Ledwith December 04, 2012 at 09:08 AM
@Lora, as hurt as she may of felt HAD she turned her brother in, YOU ARE SO RIGHT. It is better he land in jail and MAYBE learn a lesson, than land 6 feet under the soil! Sad..all the way around.
Harvey February 03, 2013 at 07:59 PM
and if they make it in through the window, make sure they only leave in a horrizontal position on an ambulance gurney, preferably in a body bag.
Karma jeremy KARMA May 29, 2013 at 09:08 PM
I know em both. Theyre both pill head losers. The fat one who is married to April the other guys sister. Has 3 kids and beats the hell out of them
Karma jeremy KARMA May 29, 2013 at 09:11 PM
And April hid most of the stuff they stole. She's just as bad. I wouldn't doubt if she was out looking for homes with em

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