James Lilly of Sarasota and an unknown suspect are accused of a crime spree across the South over the last two months, including the theft of a trailer with construction equipment from a site on Longboat Key and two vehicles at a car dealership in Venice. Police on Longboat Key were able to identify the stolen SUV with the stolen trailer and equipment through their license plate recognition.
Lilly was caught earlier today in south Bradenton, as was Serena Heidkamp. Lilly is charged with grand theft and burglary, additional charges are pending, while Heidkamp is charged with violation of probation. Both are behind bars at the Sarasota County Jail.