CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT
Public Affairs Office
1100 Cultural Park Boulevard
Cape Coral, FL 33990
Cape Coral Police Make Arrest in Multiple Auto Burglaries
(February 25, 2014)- Cape Coral Police have arrested a 15 year-old W/M juvenile in a string of "car-hopping" burglaries that have plagued residents in the Northeast corner of the city.
Patrol officers investigating this rash of burglaries developed a suspect and made contact at the juvenile's residence. A cooperative parent allowed officers to conduct a consent search of the juvenile's room. Inside, numerous items from auto burglaries that took place between January 21 through January 28, 2014 in neighborhoods near Del Prado Boulevard and Diplomat Parkway were discovered.
Cape Coral Police property Crimes Detectives assisted in the investigation. The juvenile provided a Post-Miranda confession to Detectives and drove with them to various locations, pointing out where burglaries were committed. Cape Coral Police are still in the process of returning property to victims.
In total, the juvenile was charged with nineteen (19) counts of Burglary and Theft. Additional suspects have been identified and the investigation is still ongoing at this time.
"This is a case where tenacious work of patrol officers led to a break in the case. Once we had something solid, the teamwork between Patrol and Detectives resulted in us clearing 19 burglaries, which totals almost 16% of our total auto burglaries we have experienced this year."- Det. Sergeant Dana Coston, Cape Coral Police Department Public Affairs Officer.
As good as this police work is, we still want to encourage our citizens to take common sense preventative measures to lessen their likelihood of becoming a victim of auto burglary:
- Don't leave valuables in your car.
- Lock your car doors and windows.
- If your car is equipped with a theft deterrent system, make sure it is activated.
Remember, "Lock It or Lose It!"