Cape Coral Police Team with Citizens to Solve Burglary

(August 29, 2013)-  Cape Coral Police arrested a pair of residential burglars with the assistance of alert citizens Wednesday afternoon.

Michael Anthony Fahey, 25 and Michael Shannon Applegate, 24, were arrested on charges of Burglary and Grand Theft.

On Wednesday at 2pm, an alert group of residents called police to report that they had just witnessed a burglary and provided a description of the suspects' vehicle to officers. The witnesses told officers that they had observed a white male suspect running through the front yard of the home at 912 SE 33rd Terrace holding a pillowcase. The suspect jumped into the passenger side of a silver pickup truck.  The truck fled the area, but not before the witnesses noted the color, make and a partial tag number.

Officers responded to 912 SE 33rd Terrace and discovered that there was indeed a burglary that had occurred. The rear slider door was open and it was apparent that crime had been committed. A pillowcase was missing from one of the pillows as well. Detectives had been investigating similar burglaries in the area and had previously developed Fahey as a suspect in the crimes. Fahey has a truck that resembles the one described by the witness.

Detectives responded to Fahey's listed address to make contact with him. A truck matching the description of the one seen leaving the crime scene was at Fahey's El Dorado Pkwy home. Two white males were seen leaving in the truck so officers conducted a traffic stop. Fahey and Applegate were in the truck. The witnesses were brought to the scene of the traffic stop and positively identified the truck as well as Fahey and Applegate as the men seen at the break in.

Detectives responded to the home of Fahey's girlfriend and located a pillowcase in the trash can. Inside of the pillowcase was a prescription pill bottle with the name of the burglary victim on the label.

Both Applegate and Fahey were transported to the Lee County Jail on burglary and theft charges.

"This is exactly what we have been stressing for years, if you see something suspicious, please call us immediately. The results of citizens and their police department working together are tremendous. Property recovered and two more criminals off of our streets. People that are brazen enough to break into someone's home in broad daylight need to be in jail"-Lieutenant Tony Sizemore.