Man breaks into home, forces homeowner into closet

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Sarasota, Florida -- Investigators say a burglar broke into a Sarasota home and held the elderly homeowner against his will on Tuesday morning.

The Sarasota Sheriff's Office says it happened in the 4700 block of Stone Ridge Trail around 6:30 a.m.  A masked man reportedly got into the residence through a sliding glass door and stole a flat screen TV and other items.  

The homeowner tried fleeing, but was forced back inside the house by the suspect.  He was then blocked into a bedroom closet while the suspect removed a handgun from a gun case in the victim's bedroom.

Deputies say at some point a struggle ensued and the suspect fled in a light-colored car.  It's unknown at this time if there was an accomplice.  

The homeowner was unharmed in the ordeal.

This isn't the first time homes in this upscale Sarasota neighborhood have been the target of home invaders.  Last year a grandmother allegedly shot 26-year-old Michael Sterlace as he was breaking into her home.

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