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Man Arrested For Burglary For The 10th Time

Police say Francis Gerry has a history of break-ins along Ben Franklin Drive in Lido Key.

A 59-year-old Sarasota man is facing charges for his 10th burglary arrest after Sarasota Police took him in Monday for a Lime Tree Resort break-in, and his latest arrest could lead to more charges. 

Francis Romano Gerry, who listed his mailing address of The Resurrection House homeless day center, is in Sarasota County Jail on $10,000 bond, for the early morning burglary, according to Sarasota Police. 

A burglar entered a room at the resort, 1050 Ben Franklin Drive on Lido Key, and the victim awoke at 4:30 a.m., finding the burglar who claimed he was in the wrong room and quickly exited, according to police. 

The victim then took a short walk on the beach after the break-in, and after 10 minutes returned to find the same man, who police say is Gerry, pacing in front of their room, according to police. The victim decided to call police at that point as Gerry left the area. 

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Previously, a police detective passed along information to officers about Gerry who was suspected in a series of recent burglaries on Ben Franklin Drive, which lead to Sgt. Shanafelt doing a planned surveillance operation in that area of Lido Key this morning, according to police.

When the victim called, officers arrived to establish a perimeter and start a canine search for the suspect. Officer Harris observed a man matching the suspect's description entering a taxi cab at the Lido Beach Resort, at which was stopped in time for police to bring the victim to identify Gerry as the burglar, according to police.

Gerry was released from a Florida state prison on Oct. 20, 2012, and has been arrested 10 times in the state for burglary charges, according to police. He also was arrested for burglaries in Maine, Arizona, Tennessee and Pennsylvania, according to police. 

Police consider Gerry a suspect in a series of burglaries along Ben Franklin Drive. The convicted felon also has three arrests for burglaries on Ben Franklin Drive in Sarasota—two burglaries in 1999 and one in 2009, according to police.

Anyone with additional information about this case, or the series of burglaries is asked to contact Detective Llovio at 941-364-7336.

Proofisinthepudding January 15, 2013 at 10:55 AM
Another criminal set free to do it again. I think we need to take courts and judges out of the equation and let computers do the sentencing and releasing. That way there is no emotion or human feeling involved. They get what they sow.
Tom Romano January 15, 2013 at 01:06 PM
Whatever happened the 3 times you are out law????
Tom Romano January 15, 2013 at 01:09 PM
Hey Sarasota, how many more burglaries does he have to commit to get sent back to jail? Maybe we should give him the Judges home address and if he burglarizes that, then and only then he might go back to jail
Tom Romano January 15, 2013 at 07:33 PM
The Police risk their lives every day only to have some liberal Judge slap these career criminals on the wrist and send them back out to commit even more crimes. All Judges home addresses should be made public to any and all career burglars so maybe they can actually feel what it is like to happen to them.

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