Police: Sarasota burglar says he stole from charity for crack money

George Sparrow
Posted at 11:12 AM, Feb 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-18 11:12:00-05

SARASOTA, Fla. - A man was arrested and taken to the hospital for injuries after police say he broke into a charity looking for crack money.

According to the Sarasota Police Department, 48-year-old George Sparrow was found after an alarm was set off inside Catholic Charities at 5055 North Tamiami Trail.

Sparrow noticed officers outside and ran to a nearby hallway. Police established a perimeter around the building and ordered Sparrow to exit for nearly an hour. After he refused, the officers entered the building and found Sparrow hiding in a room under a desk. He was arrested and treated by medical personnel on scene before being transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital.

Police observed broken glass and blood in various rooms during the investigation. Sparrow has been charged with burglary of a structure, resisting law enforcement without violence and giving a false name while detained.

When asked why he was injured, Sparrow said he was "trying to break into the building" because he "was looking for money for crack." He also noted that he had been breaking into places for over a month to find money.