Bradenton Men Nabbed on Theft Charges After Chase by Sarasota Sheriff's Dept.

Booking photos released Jan. 3, 2014 by the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.
Booking photos released Jan. 3, 2014 by the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.

The following is a news release from the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office: 

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two people in connection with the theft of lawn equipment from the Sarasota County Technical Institute (SCTI) campus on Beneva Road early [Friday] morning.

Just before 3:00 a.m., members of the Tactical Unit spotted a white Chevrolet Silverado seen on surveillance video from a prior theft and attempted to conduct a traffic stop. The truck fled into Manatee County but eventually hit stop sticks and two suspects bailed out. The driver was taken into custody, a second suspect was captured later and a warrant has been obtained for the third man involved. The men admitted stealing two trailers and four commercial grade lawn mowers today from SCTI valued at $45,000.

Sammy Balsinger [47, of Bradenton] is charged with Grand Theft, Aggravated Fleeing to Elude, Driving with a Suspended License and Aggravated Battery on an Officer for intentionally crashing into a deputy’s vehicle. The deputy was not seriously injured.

Travor Henson [42, of Bradenton] is charged with Grand Theft.

The investigation is continuing and additional charges are pending here and in Manatee County.


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