Detectives launched their investigation in late August after 16 homes in the Southwinds Mobile Home Park were burglarized. In all 16 homes, cabinets and drawers were rummaged through and food was eaten. In a few of the homes, a television, boat motor, several fishing rods, power tools and a 9mm handgun were stolen. Through investigation, detectives learned Adam Lehmann, DOB 12/03/62, moved into the mobile home park the same week the burglaries occurred. When Tactical Unit deputies made contact with Lehmann on Friday, he was walking near Clark Road in Sarasota, carrying lawn equipment. Lehmann dropped the tools and fled from deputies before being taken into custody without incident. He admitted to committing all 16 burglaries and detectives have reason to believe he may be connected to others.
Lehmann is charged with 16 counts of Burglary of an Unoccupied Dwelling and a single count of Burglary of an Occupied Dwelling. He has been in and out of prison for several years and was convicted in 2001 of Providing False Information to a Pawnbroker after burglarizing mobile homes and selling stolen property from the same Southwinds neighborhood. In total, Lehmann has 70 prior felony charges with 55 convictions and 10 prior misdemeanor charges with 8 convictions. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are pending.