Saturday, March 28, 2009

SARASOTA COUNTY - The bug spray bandits are back.

March 28th, 2009. The duo -- known across the region for posing as pest control workers and spraying victims with a liquid before making off with jewelry -- struck again in Sarasota in what is believed to be the fifth attack since February.

A man and woman approached the woman at about 12:30 p.m. and told her that they were hired by the apartment complex to spray for bugs.

The crooks walked into her apartment and sprayed her with liquid. They then told her to quickly wash her hands. When she did, the duo ripped off a ring and ran.

Friday, February 20, 2009 SUN CITY CENTER — Authorities are searching for a rogue pest control worker who walked into at least four homes, sprayed the residents with a liquid and took off with thousands of dollars of cash and jewelry.

In all the cases, which started Feb. 3, a man pulled up in front of the house in a small tan sedan, walked into the open garage or carport and entered the home through an unlocked door, he said.

In a prior Sarasota incident in March 2009 they drove off in a dark blue Infiniti, the man is in his late 30s or early 40s, with curly black hair, the woman is about 18 years old, and has black hair, both are Latino, two vehicles are being used.

The "bug spray bandits" are setting themselves up in nearby shopping centers and doing "surveillance" of women shoppers who they determine to be vulnerable, they follow the women home to their residence to pull off the robberies.

Bill Warner
private investigator