Officer Donzia Franklin patrolling on bicycle at 4 a.m. observed Jeffrey Todaro walking quickly west bound on John Ringling Blvd. Officer Franklin recognized Todaro as a resident of the island.
A minute later, Officer Franklin was dispatched to a burglary that had just occurred at La Malinche Mexican restaurant 40 S. Blvd of the Presidents.
Azore Fontanot, the owner of the restaurant, heard someone moving around inside of the restaurant. He confronted the perpetrator, later identified as Todaro. The perpetrator shoved the owner and then swung at him before running out the business.
Officer Franklin doubled back and located Todaro who was riding a bicycle north bound on N. Washington Drive. She stopped the suspect. The victim was transported to that location where he positively identified Todaro as the perpetrator of the burglary.
Jeffrey Todaro was arrested for Burglary of an Occupied Dwelling. This was Todaro’s 18th arrest. Todaro’s arrests include 14 felony and 13 misdemeanor charges. This is Todaro’s 3rd Burglary arrest. Jeffrey Todaro (03/21/1968) is 6’03”, 225 lbs, and lists his residence as 451 Bowdin Circle is Sarasota.
This arrest occurred because Officer Franklin was doing bike patrol at 4 a.m. and she is active enough in the community to recognize Todaro and know where he was likely to be going.
Officer Franklin’s years of dedicated community service have been recognized by the Community and the Sarasota Police Department. In 2011 the Lido Shores Homeowners Association presented Officer Franklin with the Community Service Award for her then 17 years of patrolling the area, often on bicycle. Her department awards include Officer of the Year, 2 Meritorious Service Medals, and 2 Lifesaving medals.