Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Reader's tip leads to sex offender's arrest

When editor Marc Masferrer looked at this morning's arrest list, he recognized one name: Cedrick Lane.

He asked me to call the Manatee County Sheriff's Office and find out the circumstances of Lane's arrest. He was on our "Featured Fugitives" gallery, Marc pointed out, so it *might* be a tip from one of our readers.

He was right.

Detective Dan Hutto called me back and confirmed my editor's suspicions. Someone who saw Lane's mugshot on our website recognized him. Lane was arrested for failing to register as a sex offender. 

Other readers have phoned in tips to authorities after clicking through the array of mugshots posted on our "Featured Fugitives" gallery. Hutto sends the newspaper photos every week of people wanted by the sheriff's office.

Another suspect arrested last week was also recently featured on the list. SUR 13 gang member Britney Vela, 19, was arrested for racketeering charges.

Here's this week's "Featured Fugitives" gallery, updated every week.

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