Sarasota, Fla.-(970 WFLA)-A total of 30 people have gone bust in the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office crackdown on retail theft. "Operation Booster Buster II" was Sarasota's second operation in three months against retail theft.
The operation focused on the north end of the county, including the retail corridor near Fruitville Road and Interstate 75, North Cattlemen Road at University Parkway and Central Sarasota Parkway at U.S. 41.
Sarasota deputies worked with the Manatee County Sheriff's Office in part of the operation as several stores involved were on the county line. Deputies also worked with major local retailers.
The operation resulted in 30 arrests with 30 felony charges, 27 misdemeanors and additional charges are pending. The people aarrested had 179 prior felony charges and 34 prior felony convictions.