Manatee County, Florida, Stolen Firearms

Brian Freskos filed this request with the Manatee County Sheriff's Office of Manatee County, FL.
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From: Brian Freskos

Dear Records Officer,

Pursuant to the Florida Sunshine Law, I am requesting the following data or documents from your agency:

It is our understanding that law enforcement agencies keep detailed records about firearms that were reported stolen in their jurisdictions. This information is often held internally in a property or crime analysis database, which can be queried for specific property.

We are therefore requesting the following for each case of reported firearm theft in your jurisdiction from Jan. 1, 2010 to the present:

-- The serial number, make, model, caliber and type of each firearm that was reported stolen
-- The address of the reported theft
-- The name of the reporting party
-- The offense type
-- The police report number and/or incident number for the firearm theft
-- The date the theft was reported
-- Any other columns available

I would appreciate if your agency provided this information in a spreadsheet with a .csv, .xlsx, or .xls file extension.

If providing a .xslx or .xls file, please make sure all columns, but especially the serial number column, are downloaded and formatted as “Text.” When a column is not formatted as text, Microsoft Excel automatically deletes leading zeros, and a serial number that is actually 012345 will appear as 12345.We require the leading zeros for our analysis.

If a spreadsheet or list cannot be provided, please provide copies of the police reports, incident reports, or offense reports for each case of reported firearm theft during that timeframe.

I am a reporter with The Trace, a 501c3 nonprofit news organization. We will be making information obtained from this request available to the general public and are not requesting it for commercial purposes. But I am making this request using MuckRock’s public records management service.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you informed me of the total charges before completing my request. We request that if you send an invoice, you make it out to The Trace.

I would prefer the requested information be sent via an e-mail attachment if available, or a mailed CD-ROM if not. If standard mail must be used, we ask that you send the records to the following address:

The Trace
Attn: Brian Freskos
428 Broadway, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10013

Thank you in advance for your help with this request. I look forward to receiving your response. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact me on my cell phone: (919) 522-6354


Brian Freskos
Investigations, The Trace

From: Bristow, Dave

Records Director Sharon Chasteen says she provided this request a couple of months ago. Please let us know if you need it again or this was sent by mistake. Thanks,

Dave Bristow
Manatee County Sheriff’s Office
Public Information Director<>
Office: (941) 747-3011 #2278
Cell: (941) 737-2366

From: Brian Freskos

Hi Dave,

She did. Sorry for the confusion. I didn't realize that the stolen guns were also included in the data; I thought it was only seized/recovered guns. Thank you all so much!