(November 27, 2014)- Cape Coral Police arrested 3 suspects on charges of Burglary, Grand Theft, and Grand Theft of Firearm after a traffic stop on a suspicious vehicle turned out to be much more.
On November 24, 2014 shortly after 11:00 AM, Cape Coral Police Department responded to a call about a suspicious vehicle in the area of the 3900 block of East Gator Circle. The caller, an off-duty Cape Coral Police officer, saw a vehicle matching a suspect vehicle from a burglary report he had taken in NE Cape Coral. He provided a detailed description, tag number, and direction of travel.
Responding officers located the vehicle in the area of De Navarra Parkway and Gator Circle. The vehicle had numerous equipment violations and the tag (same as provided by the of-duty officer) did not come back to the vehicle. Officers conducted a traffic stop on the car, driven by a female (Russell) with two male passengers (Reynolds and Dunleavy).
Investigation revealed that the license plate displayed was canceled and the vehicle did not have valid registration or proof of insurance. Due to the vehicle's unregistered status, no proof of insurance, and not being able to verify the ownership of the vehicle, Officers impounded the car. While conducting an inventory of the vehicle prior to tow, Officers located an unholstered revolver along with 5 rounds of .32 Caliber Long rounds tucked underneath the back seat, within arm's reach of the back seat passenger, Dunleavy. There was also a clear plastic bag of jewelry located in the back seat of the vehicle, next to where Dunleavy was seated.
Officers learned that Russell drove Reynolds and Dunleavy to her parent's home in the area to commit a burglary. When they arrived at theme, Reynolds remained in the car while Russell and Dunleavy forced entry into the home by prying up the glass sliding doors at the rear of the home. Once inside the home, they took a firearm, ammunition, and miscellaneous jewelry. They wanted to steal items they could sell to support their drug habit. The victims positively identified items stolen from their home and indicated they wished to press charges.
During the vehicle inventory the following items were located and returned to Russell which were taken in the Burglary:
- Brown leather holster.
- 5 rounds of .32 Caliber long ammunition.
- Miscellaneous jewelry worth $200.
- $31 wrapped coin and approximately $15 in loose change.
Officers seized the following items as evidence:
- Black Smith and Wesson .32 revolver with brown handle.
- Green handle tool used by Dunleavy to pry the slider.
- Red PVC Cutters.
- Phillips Screwdriver located in the center console.
- One metal tire repair tool, black handle.
- 2 Suncoast Schools Checks Stolen from 1204 NE 4th PL. (CCPD CR# 14-018745 in a Residential Burglary.)
- Punched silver deadbolt lock located in the center console of the vehicle.
Cape Coral Police DepartmentInvestigative Services Bureau Detectives and Forensics personnel responded to the scene to assist. All three suspects were placed under arrest at the scene and later transported to Lee County Jail. Additional charges are pending.