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UPDATE: Serial Burglar Gets 20 Years

PHOTO:  Michael Scott Spees, W/M, DOB: 04-24-1969, of 1005 NE 8th Terrace, Cape Coral, FL was arrested on November 21, 2012 and subsequently charged with 14 counts of burglary, 13 counts of grand theft, 6 counts of criminal mischief and false information to a pawnbroker.  (Photo Courtesy of LCSO)

PHOTO:  Michael Scott Spees, W/M, DOB: 04-24-1969, of 1005 NE 8th Terrace, Cape Coral, FL was arrested on November 21, 2012 and subsequently charged with 14 counts of burglary, 13 counts of grand theft, 6 counts of criminal mischief and false information to a pawnbroker.  (Photo Courtesy of LCSO)

CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT
Public Affairs Office
1100 Cultural Park Boulevard
Cape Coral, FL 33990
(239) 242-3341

 

UPDATE:  Serial Burglar Gets 20 Years

(September 1, 2014)-  A burglar linked to dozens of break-ins in Cape Coral has pled to 20 years in prison.

Michael Scott Spees, W/M, DOB: 04-24-1969, of 1005 NE 8th Terrace, Cape Coral, FL was arrested on November 21, 2012 and subsequently charged with 14 counts of burglary, 13 counts of grand theft, 6 counts of criminal mischief and false information to a pawnbroker.

After nearly two years of Spees fighting his charges in court, Spees has taken a plea to 20 years in Florida Department of Corrections as a Felony Habitual Offender.

"Thanks to the solid work of our Officers and Detectives, and the tireless efforts of the State Attorney's Office, this serial burglar will be off the streets for many years to come."- Det. Sergeant Dana Coston, Cape Coral Police Department Public Affairs Officer.

Original release after the break.

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CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT
Public Affairs Office
1100 Cultural Park Blvd
Cape Coral, FL 33990
239-574-0642

Cape Coral Police Arrest Serial Burglar; Case Updates

(November 28, 2012)- Cape Coral Police Detectives have arrested a serial burglar and have linked him to dozens of burglaries, grand thefts, and fraudulent pawn transactions.

Detectives arrested Michael Scott Spees on November 21st with the first set of crimes and in the following days have tied him to numerous home break-ins in Cape Coral.

In all, Spees was charged with 14 counts of burglary, 13 counts of grand theft, 6 counts of criminal mischief, and false information to a pawnbroker.

"Spees was recently released from prison and thanks to outstanding police work by our detectives, he should be on his way back for a long time"-Lieutenant Tony Sizemore.

Michael Scott Spees 04/24/69
1005 NE 8th Terrace
Cape Coral, FL

 

CASE UPDATE: In March of this year, Cape Coral Police arrested Ashley Elaine Winters on charges of burglary and grand theft. Detectives developed probable cause for Winters' arrest for the break-in on NW 25th Avenue. A Cape Coral Police Detective assigned to the US Marshal's Fugitive Task Force tracked Winters down to a motel in Fort Myers and arrested her on the charges.

On Tuesday November 27th Winters was sentenced to just over 8½ years in prison and is now designated as a career criminal habitual felony offender and a prison re-release offender.

Ashley Elaine Winters 03/03/85
1272 Laurel Lane
North Fort Myers, FL

 

CASE UPDATE: In April of this year, Cape Coral Police arrested Brett Alan Jabaay on charges of burglary and grand theft. Jabaay is no stranger to Cape Coral Police and has been arrested for similar crimes in the past.

On Tuesday November 27th, Jabaay was sentenced to 7½ years in prison with a career criminal designation of habitual offender.

Brett Alan Jabaay 07/05/82
11477 Stringfellow Road
Bokeelia, FL

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Car Fire at NW Cape Coral Home Leads Cape Coral Police to Discovery of Drug Operation; Two Arrested

CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT
Public Affairs Office
1100 Cultural Park Boulevard
Cape Coral, FL 33990
(239) 242-3341

 

Car Fire at NW Cape Coral Home Leads Cape Coral Police
to Discovery of Drug Operation; Two Arrested

 

(September 1, 2014)-  When Cape Coral Police and Fire responded to assist with a car fire at a NW Cape Coral home Saturday night, they found a lot more than they initially bargained for.

On Saturday at 8:30 PM, Cape Coral Police Department received numerous calls regarding a fire at 2014 NW 25 Place, Cape Coral.  Cape Coral Fire and Police units responded to the scene, finding a large fire with billowing, toxic smoke, involving two vehicles parked in the residence's driveway just feet from the home.  Cape Coral Fire Department personnel extinguished the fire, which is now thought to be suspicious in nature.

Police and Fire units attempted to make contact with residents inside the home.  Fire personnel feared that toxic gases from the fire may have intruded into the home due to the size and proximity of the fire.  After numerous unsuccessful attempts were made to contact the residents, emergency personnel forced entry into the home to conduct a safety sweep of the house to ensure no victims were inside, overcome by smoke or toxic gases.

Once inside, Police and Fire personnel located an elaborate marijuana grow operation.  Once it was determined that there were no occupants in the home, Police and Fire personnel vacated the residence and Cape Coral Police began a narcotics investigation.  Cape Coral Police Patrol Officers secured the home while Vice, Intelligence, and Narcotics (VIN) Detectives obtained a search warrant.  While Detectives were obtaining the warrant, the renters, Guillermo Abreu (W/M, DOB:09-12-1985) and Meivys Escano (W/F, DOB: 06-14-1985)  returned to the home.

The investigation revealed that the two began renting this home about two months ago.  Detectives also learned that Escano has a minor child (10 YOA) that lives at this residence, but is currently staying with the father in Ft. Myers.

The search warrant was executed and yielded:

  • 27 marijuana plants (16.6 lbs)
  • Multiple pieces of drug paraphernalia used for cultivation
  • 50 Oxycodone pills

Both Abreu and Escano were arrested and transported to Lee County Jail.

ARRESTED: Guillermo Abreu, W/M, DOB:09-12-1985, of 1106 SW 28 Place, Cape Coral.
CHARGES: Marijuana Cultivation, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Trafficking in Opiates, Possession of a Structure for Drug Manufacturing w/ Minor Present.

ARRESTED: Meivys Escano, W/F, DOB: 06-14-1985, of 2014 NW 25 Place, Cape Coral.
CHARGES: Marijuana Cultivation, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Trafficking in Opiates, Possession of a Structure for Drug Manufacturing w/ Minor Present.

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Be On The Lookout (BOLO)- Cape Coral Police Looking for Fraud Suspect

PHOTO:  The woman in the picture above is a suspect in several cases throughout South Florida, where she cashes stolen checks that have been stolen from the mail using fraudulent IDs.  (Photo Courtesy of Cape Coral Police Department)

PHOTO:  The woman in the picture above is a suspect in several cases throughout South Florida, where she cashes stolen checks that have been stolen from the mail using fraudulent IDs.  (Photo Courtesy of Cape Coral Police Department)

CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT
Public Affairs Office
1100 Cultural Park Boulevard
Cape Coral, FL 33990
(239) 242-3341

 

Be On The Lookout (BOLO)- Cape Coral Police Looking for Fraud Suspect

(August 29, 2014)-  Cape Coral Police Detectives need your help identifying a check fraud and identity theft suspect.

The woman in the picture above is a suspect in several cases throughout South Florida, where she cashes stolen checks that have been stolen from the mail; most of which have been stolen from jurisdictions on the East coast of Florida.  She is using counterfeit IDs with the names on the IDs being actual victims of identity theft but the photo has been changed to her own.  She is believed to be working with another white female suspect.  The suspect has hit at least five different banks using five different names from Sarasota to Miami, FL.

Please take a look at the photo above.  If you have any information on the identity of the suspect, please contact the Cape Coral Police Department at 239-574-3223. You can also submit an anonymous tip. Go to www.capecops.com/tips or text a tip- text CCPD+"Your Message" to CRIMES (274637). Finally, you can call Crimestoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS.

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