Public Affairs Office

1100 Cultural Park Blvd

Cape Coral, FL 33990


Date: July 1, 2011

Subject: Cape Coral Police Detectives Arrest Burglary Suspect

On June 29th at noon, a Cape Coral woman arrived at her home in the 2500 Block of Shelby Parkway to find it had been burglarized. Between 9:45 and Noon that morning, someone broke into her home and ransacked it before leaving with her jewelry.

Detective Maris Lebid was assigned the case and began investigating. Detective Michael Toleman had developed John Michael Coppertino as a suspect in a burglary that he was investigating with a similar M.O. The Detectives checked pawn records and discovered that Coppertino had recently pawned jewelry at a local pawn shop.

Detectives went to Gold Pros at 4125 Cleveland Avenue in Fort Myers and checked out the jewelry that Coppertino recently pawned. The items were the same description as the items listed as being taken in the Shelby Parkway break-in. The victim in the Shelby burglary positively ID'd the jewelry as belonging to her.

CCPD Forensics Technicians positively matched the thumbprint provided to the pawn shop as that of John Michael Coppertino.

Cape Coral Police Detectives located Coppertino at the Target store at 1890 NE Pine Island Road and placed him under arrest. He was charged with Burglary, Grand Theft, Dealing in Stolen Property and Providing False Information to a Pawnbroker.

Detectives are still investigating other burglaries where Coppertino is a suspect.

"Our Property Crimes Unit continues to be successful in clearing cases and recovering stolen property so that it may be returned to its rightful owner. They do a remarkable job."-Lieutenant Tony Sizemore

John Michael Coppertino 08-08-78

901 SE 26th Terrace

Cape Coral, FL 33904