Brazen Man Steals over $30,000 from Church but Ultimately Gets Caught

Brazen Man Steals over $30,000 from Church but Ultimately Gets Caught

(November 20, 2018)-  The Lead Pastor at Cape Christian Fellowship Church, was alerted by the Church Treasurer, that the previous pastor, Jeffery William Countryman (W/M, DOB: 04/22/1974, of 2242 2718 Bent Tree Rd, Palm Harbor, FL) may have stolen money from the Church. Countryman was the lead pastor for the church until December of 2017.

The church bookkeeper found the first issue in February when a large Amazon book order ($2,600) was paid out but the books were never delivered. After contacting Amazon it was determined that the invoice was fraudulent meaning the order was never actually placed. The bookkeeper dove deeper into Countryman’s expenditures and found numerous altered receipts and invoices. 

Church staff reported the incident to the Cape Coral Police Department in mid-February as soon as it was determined that they may have been a victim of a crime. A financial crimes detective was assigned the case and began the in-depth investigation into the claims.

Over the course of several months and countless man hours with subpoena requests and sifting through paperwork the investigation found that Countryman engaged in a Scheme to Defraud the Cape Christian Fellowship Church of over $30,000.

On November 19, 2018, Countryman turned himself in at the Cape Coral Police Department.

He was arrested and processed at the Cape Coral Police Department and later transferred to the Lee County Jail.

ARRESTED: Jeffery William Countryman, W/M, DOB: 04/22/1974, of 2242 2718 Bent Tree Rd, Palm Harbor, FL

CHARGES: Scheme to Defraud at least $20,000 but less than $50,000

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

Citizens Help Solve Grand Theft

Citizens Help Solve Grand Theft

(November 20, 2018)-  On November 7, 2018, around 2:45 PM Cape Coral Police responded to a call for service at 1619 Del Prado Blvd S. (Wal-Mart) in reference to a retail theft. A 65” television was taken from the store. A Cape Coral Police Property Crimes Unit detective asked that the photos of the suspects be published to social media for assistance in identification of the offender.

The original release can be found here.

After the photographs were released, numerous tips were received identifying the female as “Millie Campo,” and the male as Robert Campo. Detective Niland conducted further investigation which revealed the real name of “Mille Campo” is Damaris Gartenmayer (W/F, DOB: 01/17/1971, of 910 SE 12th Ter).

Damaris Gartenmayer was placed under arrest on November 17, 2018 around 6:35 PM after turning herself in at the Cape Coral Police Department. After processing, she was transported to the Lee County Jail.

This is yet another example of great teamwork from the citizens of Cape Coral and the Cape Coral Police Department.

ARRESTED: Damaris Yadira Gartenmayer, W/M, DOB: 01/17/1971, 910 SE 12th Ter

CHARGES: Grand Theft

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

Traffic Tuesday - Traffic Tips During the Winter Season Part # 1

Traffic Tuesday - Traffic Tips During the Winter Season Part # 1

(November 20, 2018)-  Traffic Tuesday! For this Traffic Tuesday we will be focusing on increased vehicular traffic during the winter season. This is part 1 of a 2 part series.

As everyone can see there is an influx of visitors in our city enjoying our winter weather while escaping theirs. We don’t have to worry about icy roads, scraping our windshields, putting chains on our tires, or not being able to see the road due to a build up of snow. For us the winter season comes with a lot more vehicular traffic on our roadways. So, please keep some things in mind when driving during the Florida winter: 

  • The turn signal is NOT optional.

  • Texting and driving is NOT okay, not to mention against the law!

  • Red light means stop.

  • A stop sign also means stop, which is literally what it actually says on the sign strangely enough.

  • The speed limit sign is the top speed you are allowed to go. If you want to ask the officer for a warning instead of a ticket…..the speed limit sign was the warning that if you go above that speed you’ll likely get a ticket. Please watch your speed.

  • During this time of year, leave earlier instead of having to rush to get somewhere on time.

  • Please park in designated areas. As you can see from the pictures below, these are not correct ways to park and one of them will lead to a traffic citation with a huge fine. Not something anyone wants around the holidays.

REMINDER: If you have traffic concerns, you can submit them here: www.capecops.com/traffic. Your concern will be routed directly to the Traffic Unit for follow-up. Please be as detailed as possible to include things like days of week, times you are seeing the issue, or specific cars (if it is a particular vehicle with which you are having an issue).

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