Public Affairs Office

1100 Cultural Park Blvd

Cape Coral, FL 33990


Date: July 18, 2011

Subject: Cape Police Use New Technology; Old Fashioned Detective Work to Catch Suspect

On July 14th, a Cape Coral man parked his BMW inside of his garage overnight. The victim left the overhead garage door of his SE 13th Street home open. Overnight, a suspect entered the garage and broke into the BMW. The suspect stole the victim's car stereo from the dashboard.

The next morning, the victim awoke to discover that someone had broken into his car and stolen his property. The victim called Cape Coral Police to file a report. The victim also noted that a car stereo of the same make was posted on Craig's List for sale only hours after his burglary and it was listed for only $150, much less than the value.

Detective Jason Hicks posed as a potential buyer and called the seller's phone number from the Craig's List ad however the seller said that it had already been sold. The seller called Detective Hicks back on Saturday July 16th and asked if he was still interested in purchasing the stereo. Detective Hicks said that he was indeed interested and arranged for a meet to complete the transaction.

On Saturday July 16th at noon, Cape Police met the seller, Joshua Santiago, in the Publix parking lot at 100 Hancock Bridge Pkwy. Santiago was taken into custody after he attempted to sell the stereo to Detectives. Santiago admitted to police that he entered the victim's garage, broke into the victim's car and stole the car stereo.

Santiago was arrested and charged with Occupied Burglary of a Dwelling, Burglary of a Conveyance, Grand Theft, Dealing in Stolen Property, and Use of 2-Way Communication Device to Facilitate a Felony.

Joshua Santiago 03-28-90

4200 Hatton Rogers Lane #9

North Fort Myers, FL 33903