CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT
Public Affairs Office
1100 Cultural Park Boulevard
Cape Coral, FL 33990
Cape Police Nab iPad Thief
(November 22, 2013)- Yesterday, Cape Coral Police responded to a theft of company property at 1016 Cape Coral Parkway East, Cape Coral, Florida, 33904, Sweetbay Supermarket.
According to the victim, an employee of Suncoast Beverage, he was at the store around 12:55 PM, stocking the shelves. He laid down his company iPad in the aisle that he was working in. While the victim was stocking shelves, an unknown Hispanic male, later identified as Adrien Gomez, walked past the iPad and picked it up. The iPad is valued at $600.
In-store security camera footage showed that Gomez was wearing a black Pittsburg Steelers Jersey, white and blue stripped shorts and had a shaved head. Gomez had the iPad in his hand when he walked passed the register and exited the building. Gomez walked through the store to the front register with the iPad in his hands. Gomez made no attempt to ask anyone from the store if they lost an iPad. Gomez then exited the store with the iPad. I then observed Gomez walking down the side of the building toward Vincennes Street.
A neighborhood canvass led officers to 4960 Vincennes Street unit 2303. Gomez, still wearing the clothing he had on in the surveillance video walked out of the back of the house when police arrived, only to be met by a waiting Patrol officer.
Gomez admitted, post-Miranda, to stealing the iPad. The iPad was recovered and returned to the victim.
Gomez was then placed under arrest for Grand Theft. Gomez was then transported to Lee County Jail.
"This is a great example of what a couple of tenacious Patrol officers can do with some good, old-fashions, 'boots-on-the-ground' police work."- Det. Sergeant Dana Coston, Cape Coral Police Department Public Affairs Officer
ARRESTED: Adrien Gomez, H/M, DOB: 09-04-1990. 4960 Vincennes St. Unit 2303, Cape Coral FL 33904