Cape Coral Police Department
1100 Cultural Park Blvd
Cape Coral, FL 33990
Date: April 14, 2011
Subject: Cape Coral Police Detectives Make Arrests in Burglary Case
Cape Coral Police Detectives from the Property Crimes Unit made twoarrests in a burglary investigation on Wednesday. Christopher Civitareseand Michael King were arrested for their involvement in a burglary,criminal mischief and theft case.
At 2:30am on Wednesday April 13th Cape Coral Police responded to avehicle burglary at 220 SE 1st Street. The victim told officers that heheard a noise outside by his car, which was parked in his driveway. Whenhe got outside to check it out, he saw an unknown male standing in hisdriveway. When the victim asked the male what he was doing, he told thevictim that he needed directions. The male then ran from the driveway onfoot. At the same time, the victim noticed a small light blue two-doorcar speed away.
The victim looked inside of his car and noticed that the center consoleof his car had been broken and several items were missing. A descriptionof the male as well as the car that was seen leaving was broadcast overthe police radio. Moments later, Officer Dan Leger saw a vehiclematching the description at the Mobil station at 12 NE Pine Island Road.A male matching the suspect's description was pumping gas.
Officer Leger detained the male and the victim was brought to the scenefor identification. The victim positively identified the male(Christopher Civitarese) as the man that was in his driveway. A searchof the car revealed numerous electronics, a cell phone and a car radio.Civitarese also had a prescription pill bottle that belonged to anotherperson in his pants pocket along with credit cards that belonged to yetanother person.
The owner of the credit cards was contacted by police and it wasdiscovered that his car had been broken into also. While at PoliceHeadquarters, information was gathered that identified Michael King asthe owner of the blue 2-door car that was seen leaving the area of thefirst discovered burglary. Probable cause was also established for King,who was determined to have been involved with Civitarese during thecrimes. More charges are pending.
"We are proud of the teamwork between the Patrol Officers on the streetwho quickly located the suspects and the Detectives who conducted theinterviews and pieced the crimes together. We are grateful that theoriginal victim called police quickly to report the crime. This is acrucial element to solving crime, timely information." -Lieutenant TonySizemore.
Christopher Civitarese (09-29-90)
2056 NE 20th Terrace
Burglary of a Conveyance
Michael Thomas King (02-09-93)
2124 NW 28th Avenue
Burglary of a Conveyance