Pool cleaner arrested for stealing Sarasota County lawn ornaments
SARASOTA, Fla. - Sarasota County detectives arrested a local bowl cleaner for stealing expensive brown lawn statues and scrapping them for cash.
Detectives say 40-year-old Jason McMahon stole $8,500 worth of bird statues from at least three homes on Siesta Key and in Prestancia. McMahon faces one count of Grand Theft in each case.
McMahon has also been charged in similar cases by Sarasota Police and Manatee County authorities.
“This is a prime example of the level of desperation that is driving local crime,” said Sheriff Tom Knight. “People addicted to prescription drugs will steal just about anything to fund their habit, and he was getting about $100 for each statue despite their actual value.”
Detectives have actually recovered more statues than were reported stolen, so if your lawn ornament is missing and you didn’t report the crime, or you believe a neighbor who is not in town suffered a similar loss, contact Criminal Investigations at 941-861-4901.