CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT
Public Affairs Office
1100 Cultural Park Blvd
Cape Coral, FL 33990
Cape Coral Police Make Arrest in Walgreens Robbery
(May 15, 2012)- Cape Coral Police Detectives have arrested David T Bernier of Invergrove Heights, Minnesota for the May 10th armed robbery of the Walgreens located at Chiquita Blvd and Cape Coral Pkwy.
On May 10th at 5:45am, a male suspect entered the Walgreens at Cape Coral Pkwy and Chiquita Blvd. The suspect brought a fan to the register as if to purchase the item. When the clerk began to ring up the fan, the suspect produced a handgun and demanded money from the register. The clerk complied and the suspect fled on foot from the store with cash and the fan.
Cape Coral Police began a manhunt for the suspect for the past several days and broadcasted surveillance photos of the suspect on CapeCops.com as well as local media.
Those efforts paid off last night when Detectives received a tip that the robber was David Bernier. The tipster told police that Bernier was staying at a motel in Fort Myers with a woman and he was driving a Saturn with Minnesota plates.
Cape Coral Police located Bernier and his female companion at the motel and brought them to Police Headquarters last night for questioning. Bernier admitted that he was staying with a friend a mere two blocks from the Walgreens for the past two weeks while he was on vacation from Minnesota. Bernier's photo was put into a line-up and the clerk positively identified him as the suspect who robbed her at gunpoint.
A search of the home in which Bernier was vacationing led to the discovery of the fan taken in the robbery. Bernier was arrested by Detectives on charges of armed robbery and transported to the Lee County Jail, where he remains without bond.
"This partnership with our community is as strong as it's ever been. It has enabled our Officers and Detectives to solve countless crimes. This latest being one of the most violent you can have, some thug puts a gun in an innocent person's face; a store clerk who's just trying to earn an honest living. Thankfully, our community won't stand for that and they partnered with their police department. And our Detectives did what they do best...solve major cases."-Lieutenant Tony Sizemore.
David T Bernier 07/23/73
4675 E Barbato Court
Invergrove Heights, MN 55076