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Cape Coral, FL 33990
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Cape Police Catch Boat Burglars

(April 18, 2014)-  Overnight, Cape Coral Police Officers responded to a call of a theft in progress at 141 SE 40th Street.  The victim stated that two males had taken a motor off of his boat that was docked in the canal behind his home and witnessed the males fleeing southbound down the canal in small aluminum boats leaving the area behind his residence.  

Based on the detailed description of the suspect boats given by the victim, one Officer (Officer Brian Gumm) remembered seeing a boat and persons matching that description while patrolling the Cape Coral Yacht Club earlier. 

Officers responded to the area and quickly located vehicles leaving the area of the Cape Coral Yacht Club, each pulling small boats that matched the provided descriptions.  Investigatory traffic stops were made on both vehicles pulling the suspect boats.  Each vehicle contained a stolen boat motor from two separate victims. Post-Miranda, confessions were obtained from both suspects.

A second victim was located and identified by Officer Justin DeRosso at 411 SE 32nd Street.  Victims later drove to the scenes of the traffic stops and identified their stolen property.  The stolen boat motors were later returned to the victims after digital photos were taken.  Cape Coral Police Department Property Crimes Detectives were advised and Detective Toleman responded to the scene.  Evidence Tech Fenske also responded.

"Quick action by an observant citizen, coupled with sound patrol and investigative work resulted in a quick apprehension and property being returned to its rightful owners.  This was textbook police work."- Det. Sergeant Dana Coston, Cape Coral Police Department Public Affairs Officer.

ARRESTED:  Lawrence Joseph McDermott (W/M 10-05-92), of 3902 SE 20th Avenue, Cape Coral.
CHARGES:  Grand Theft, Burglary of a Vessel

ARRESTED:  Nicholas Peter Manzari (W/M 3-06-94), of 2162 SW 26th Terrace, Cape Coral.
CHARGES:  Grand Theft, Burglary of a Vessel