Public Affairs Office

1100 Cultural Park Blvd

Cape Coral, FL 33990


Date: June 29, 2011

Subject: Cape Coral Police Patrol Officers and Detectives Team Up to Solve Burglary; Prevent Others

On June 28th at 4:45am, Cape Coral Police responded to a report of a suspicious person in the area of 4900 Skyline Blvd. Officer Adam Christianson came into contact with a 14 year old and a 16 year old. Both teenagers were dressed in all black clothing walking in the 4900 Block of Skyline Blvd. As officers contacted the two teenagers, two additional subjects fled from the area on bicycles. The two subjects, who fled, rode their bicycles through yards and disappeared in-between houses.

Upon being questioned by officers, the 14 and 16 year old admitted that they, along with the two who fled, were "car hopping". Car hopping is street slang for committing car burglaries, usually searching for unlocked cars. Officers noted several items strewn about on the ground near where they were standing to include: change, cigarettes, and a Fuji camera.

Officers were able to locate the two other subjects who fled a short distance away. Officer took a 15 year old and a 19 year old adult into custody. All four subjects were arrested and charged with Loitering and Prowling and brought to Police Headquarters for an interview.

Detective Nick Jones interviewed the four subjects about the incident. Due to the time of the morning, no burglary victims were located despite having property recovered in the area.

Detective Jones took the Fuji camera and reviewed the photos on the display. Detective Jones recognized the photos as being from a house in the midst of construction repairs. Jones recognized the home in the photos as the home on Santa Barbara Blvd North in which Yousel Rivera crashed into while fleeing from the scene of Officer David Wagoner's shooting incident months ago.

An officer went to the home and found out the name of the contractor performing the repairs to the home. The victim and owner of the camera were then located. The victim told police that his work truck had been broken into overnight and his camera was indeed taken. The victim was able to positively identify the camera that was recovered by police as his.

"Because of the teamwork between the Patrol Bureau and the Detective Bureau, a burglary was solved, property was returned to its rightful owner and equally important, several more burglaries were prevented. This is yet another real life 'lock-it or lose-it' case."-Lieutenant Tony Sizemore.


Ryan McCowen (05-31-92)

1139 SW 31st Street

Cape Coral, FL 33914

16 year old W/M

3018 SW 14th Court

Cape Coral, FL 33914

15 year old B/M

3403 SW 26th Place

Cape Coral, FL 33914

14 year old W/M

4615 SW Santa Barbara Place

Cape Coral, FL 33914

All were charged with: Burglary F.S.S. 810.02; Use of two-way communication to facilitate a felony F.S.S. 934.215; Possession of burglary tools F.S.S. 810.06; Theft F.S.S. 812.014.