Arrested woman, Kristen Mandia, linked to string of Sarasota vehicle burglaries

4:00 PM, Oct 3, 2012   |    comments
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Sarasota, FL-- A 24-year-old woman arrested Monday has since been linked to a string of recent vehicle burglaries in Sarasota.

Kristen Mandia now faces 13 charges for six crimes over the past six weeks, including Grand Theft, Burglary, Larceny and Fraud, Sarasota deputies say.

Detectives determined that Mandia stole cash and credit cards from unlocked vehicles, primarily in neighborhoods near Bee Ridge Road and Interstate 75. 

She then reportedly used the cards to make close to $1,000 in purchases at area stores. 

Mandia was identified through surveillance video, and in one transaction had to swipe her Driver's License, which officials say captured her date of birth.

Mandia is currently being held without bond on three charges and $37,120 on the remaining charges. The investigation into her recent activity continues.

Residents throughout Sarasota County are reminded to remove valuables from their vehicles and keep vehicle doors locked at all times.

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