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North Cape Crime Spree Ends With Rollover Crash, Warrant, and Arrest

(May 22, 2015)- What started as an early morning crash yesterday turned into a big break in a string of NW Cape Coral burglaries.

Officers responded to the 1900 block of Chiquita Boulevard N. yesterday morning shortly after 5:00 AM where they found a 2012 VW 4-door overturned.  Witnesses said two occupants fled the vehicle on foot.  Officers set up a perimeter and attempted to locate the occupants but were initially unsuccessful.  Investigation revealed that the vehicle was involved in a hit and run crash at Mariner High School, damaging a gate, and the car itself had been stolen overnight.

Another officer remembered seeing that same vehicle parked near 1021 NW 10 Ave. earlier in the evening.  Officers made contact at that residence with Jeremiah Raski and another juvenile.  Evidence at the residence (clothing and shoes wet-to the touch and covered with sand spurs) suggested that the juveniles, unbeknownst to the parent at the residence, had been outside of the home overnight.  Investigators determined that these two, along with a third suspect, Clifton Dortch had been "car hopping" (committing auto burglaries, primarily of unlocked cars). While doing so, they stole the Volkswagen and wrecked it.

Cape Coral Police Department Investigative Services Bureau personnel were contacted and Cape Coral Police Department Property Crimes Detectives assisted with the investigation.  As the investigation unfolded, it became apparent that these subjects were connected to a rash of residential and vehicle burglaries that had happened in the NW Cape over the past week.  A Ping4 alert had been sent last weekend, warning residents to remove valuables and lock their car doors.

A search warrant was obtained for 1021 NW 10 Ave. and numerous items connected to multiple burglaries were located and collected by Detectives and Forensics.  All three suspects were taken into custody on the initial charges listed below.  Additional felony charges are pending.

ARRESTED: Clifton E. Dortch, Jr., B/M, DOB: 7/28/1999, of 1625 NW 17 Ter., Cape Coral, FL.
CHARGES: Burglary, Criminal Mischief (Over $1,000), Grand Theft.

ARRESTED: JUVENILE B/M
CHARGES: Hit and Run (involving damage to property), Driving Without a License.

ARRESTED: Jerimyah Raski, B/M, DOB: 05-06-1998, of 1021 NW 10 Ave., Cape Coral, FL.
CHARGES: Grand Theft (Auto).

Today, investigators continued the investigation, combing canals in the area for stolen items from the multiple residential and auto burglaries.  Divers were in the water for several hours pulling purses, laptops, and tablets from the murky water.

PHOTO:  Officer Christian Munoz-Luna surveys an area in a canal where electronics were just located.  (Photo Courtesy of Cape Coral Police Department)

PHOTO:  Officer Christian Munoz-Luna surveys an area in a canal where electronics were just located.  (Photo Courtesy of Cape Coral Police Department)

PHOTO:  Cpl. Howard Post assists another diver into the water and is about to hand him his flippers.  (Photo Courtesy of Cape Coral Police Department)

PHOTO:  Cpl. Howard Post assists another diver into the water and is about to hand him his flippers.  (Photo Courtesy of Cape Coral Police Department)

PHOTO:  Diver in the Water.  Cpl. Bob Slager conducts a grid search in a North Cape Coral canal.  (Photo Courtesy of Cape Coral Police Department)

PHOTO:  Diver in the Water.  Cpl. Bob Slager conducts a grid search in a North Cape Coral canal.  (Photo Courtesy of Cape Coral Police Department)

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

Public Notice: Cape Coral Police Department Applies for Justice Assistance Grant

(May 22, 2015)-  The Cape Coral Police Department is in the process of applying for the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program FY 2015 local solicitation through the U.S. Department of Justice.

One of the requirements of the grant is that the governing body as well as the public is notified 30 days prior to the submission of the grant.  Only eligible units of government listed on the U.S. Department of Justice website are able to apply for funding.  The City of Cape Coral is eligible to receive $15,129, to be used during Fiscal Year 2016.  The Justice Assistance Grant Program provides critical funding necessary to support a range of program areas, including law enforcement.  Funds may be used for local initiatives that will improve or enhance law enforcement programs and services. 

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

Cape Coral Police Department Responds to Suspicious Package; Pipe Bombs Located and Detonated

(May 21, 2015)-  Last night, May 20, 2015, around 6;15 PM, Cape Coral Police responded to the 4500 block of NW 27th street on a suspicious package call.

Officers made contact with Elmon Burton, who stated that he found what he believed to be pipe bombs located in a golf bag that he was given as a gift a couple of months ago.  The golf bag used to belong to a friend of Burton's, Ronald Torres, who is now deceased.  Mr. Burton was examining the bag for the first time the day before (May 19, 2015) when he found several PVC pipes with end-caps and what appeared to be fuses coming from the center of the pipe inside of the bag.

Burton contacted a Lee County Sheriff Office deputy that lives in the neighborhood. Lee County Sheriff's Office immediately contacted Cape Coral Police Communications. Elmon Burton placed the bag in an open field across the street from his house. 

Cape Coral Police officers responded and set up a perimeter, blocking off any entry near the vacant lot where the golf bag was left. The Lee County Bomb Squad arrived and confirmed that  nine (9) devices in the bag were in fact live pipe bombs. Incident Command System was activated and a command post was established with the Fire Department and EMS standing by and a staging area for the media.

The investigation revealed that the person that owned the golf bag, who is now deceased, suffered from paranoia and most likely made the pipe bombs prior to his death.

The Bomb Squad detonated the pipe bombs without incident. 

Cape Coral Police Detectives responded to interview the family members who gifted the golf bag to Elmon Burton. Carmen Arguello, the daughter of Teodra Torres, stated that the golf bag belonged to her deceased father, Ronald Torres, and they were unaware of any explosive devices that were found in the bag. Both Detectives also cleared the residence of Mr. Torres and Mrs. Torres and confirmed no other bombs were inside the home.

CCPD Forensics responded and took digital photographs of the scene.

"We want to thank the Cape Coral Fire Department, Lee County EMS, and the Lee County Bomb Squad for their assistance in this case.  Investigations like this can be long and by their very nature dangerous.  It was a great team effort that brought this to a safe resolution with minimal disruption to the affected neighborhood."- Det. Sergeant Dana Coston, Cape Coral Police Department Public Affairs Officer.

Link to the initial Police Report:  Police Report for CR# 15-008318

Link to download 9-1-1 call audio:  9-1-1 call audio for CR# 15-008318

PHOTO:  Remote camera footage of several pipe bombs located in an old golf bag.  (Photo Courtesy of Cape Coral Police Department and LCSO )

PHOTO:  Remote camera footage of several pipe bombs located in an old golf bag.  (Photo Courtesy of Cape Coral Police Department and LCSO )

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