Subject: Cape Coral Police Arrest Grand Theft Suspect Who Was On His Way to Airport


Cape Coral Police Detectives arrested Andrew Opsahl on multiple felony charges as he was planning to flee the state to avoid capture.

On January 30th a victim came to CCPD to file a police report. The victim stated that he let his employee (Opsahl) stay with him from August 2010 thru October 2010 because Opsahl had no place to go. In January of this year, the victim and his wife discovered that they were missing over $9,000 worth of jewelry. The victim sent a text message to Opsahl asking him if he knew about the missing jewelry. Opsahl admitted to stealing the jewelry and pawning it at several locations.

Cape Coral Police Detective Jason Hicks confirmed that Opsahl indeed pawned the victim’s jewelry at several locations. CCPD Forensics conducted fingerprint comparisons on the paperwork from the transactions and they were a match for Opsahl.

On February 14th Detective Hicks developed probable cause for Opsahl’s arrest and officers went looking for him. Opsahl is currently on state probation for previous burglary arrests and he knew that he will most likely be facing 10 years in prison if he were caught on these charges.

On February 18th the Cape Coral Police Street Crimes Unit located Opsahl on a traffic stop and placed him under arrest. Opsahl was transported to CCPD headquarters where he confessed to the crimes during an interview with Detective Hicks. Opsahl also admitted that he was aware that this arrest will land him in prison and he had plane tickets to Michigan in his possession. He was scheduled leave the day he was caught by police.

Andrew Opsahl 05-19-89

5400 Birdsong Lane Matlacha, FL



Grand Theft

Dealing in Stolen Property

Fraudulent Pawn Transactions

Violation of Probation