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Sarasota Police chief stops strong armed robbery

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SARASOTA COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

For the second time since starting with the Sarasota Police Department, Chief Bernadette DiPino was in the right place at the right time.  Thanks to the watchful eye of Chief DiPino, three people suspected of a strong armed robbery are off the streets of Sarasota.

Chief DiPino commends the first officers at the scene of robbery for giving excellent suspect vehicle and suspect descriptions.  Because of this information, Chief DiPino was able to find the suspect vehicle while she was enjoying her Saturday, off duty.

Chief DiPino and her daughter, PFC Tabitha Hays, had just finished eating lunch when the call came out and they headed toward the area of the robbery to look for the suspects and vehicle.  Chief DiPino's daughter is on vacation from her job as a Baltimore County police officer. 

Lieutenant Phil DeNiro says the original call came in at approximately 2:01 p.m. Saturday at 3510 Clark Drive in Sarasota.  Chief DiPino says a call came over her radio to be on the lookout for two men and a woman in a blue truck just involved in a strong armed robbery in the area.  Chief DiPino observed the suspect vehicle pulling southbound on US 41 from 15th Street.

Chief DiPino pulled behind the two men and one woman and called for backup.  Sarasota Police Department officers, Officer Dan Griesdorn, Officer Steven Heaven and Officer Jeff McCroskey quickly arrived on scene, near US 41 and 10th Street.

The three people are currently being questioned and the strong armed robbery is being investigated.  The three people are accused of battering and stealing a man's wallet, cell phone and other personal property. 

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