Public Affairs Office

1100 Cultural Park Blvd

Cape Coral, FL 33990


Date: July 12, 2011

Subject: Cape Coral Police Charge Suspect with Three Additional Burglaries

Cape Coral Police Detectives have charged John Michael Coppertino with three additional residential burglaries after conducting follow up investigations. Police originally arrested Coppertino on residential burglary charges June 30th after Detectives linked him to the crimes when he pawned the victim's jewelry.

Since then, Detectives Michael Toleman, Maris Lebid, Todd Kerns and Nick Jones have been going over open burglary cases with similar methods of operation. Detectives have worked with gold dealers and pawn shops and have been able to pin the additional crimes on Coppertino.

All of the additional break-ins occurred between June 15th and June 26th. The crimes occurred in the 3500 block of SW 2nd Avenue, 1800 block of SE 26th Terrace and the 200 block of NE 10th Place.

Coppertino was charged on July 7th, 8th and 12th while he was already in custody at the Lee County Jail as Detectives gathered the new evidence against him.

Coppertino has been charged with 3 additional counts of Burglary of a Dwelling; Grand Theft; Dealing in Stolen Property and Violation of the Pawnbroker Act.

"The Cape Coral Police Department's Property Crimes Unit works very hard for the citizens of Cape Coral. They work well as a team and have a passion for solving crime; this is evident by their high case clearance rate."-Lieutenant Tony Sizemore.

(Below is the original news release from July 1st regarding Coppertino's arrest)

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