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A Shoplifting Investigation Yields Narcotics, Burglary Spoils


(July 4, 2014)-  yesterday at around 8:0 PM, Cape Coral Police  responded to Publix located at 127 Cape Coral Parkway W., on a retail theft.  While en route, dispatch advised that a female was in the store and possibly stealing items, and that there were two males sitting in a blue Chevrolet Cavalier in the parking lot, waiting for the female.

As Officer Kortright Arrived, he saw a female (Tufano) standing near a blue Chevrolet Cavalier, speaking with loss prevention.  When Tufano saw Officers arrive, she handed over a piece of stolen merchandise then ran, ignoring all commands to stop.  After a brief foot pursuit, she was taken into custody.

he driver of the vehicle (Neidigh) ignored Officer Kortright's order not to move, and attempted to flee the area.  Officers Gray and Buonocore, who were in the area, located the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop at SW 46th Terrace and Pelican Boulevard.

Tufano was placed under arrest for Retail Theft and Resisting an Officer without Violence.  During a search of her person, a small black zipper bag in the purse she was carrying was located that contained several unused syringes and one syringe which had a dark liquid inside of it.  In addition, a spoon with a piece of cotton swab, a piece of Brillo, and a clear glass pipe were also located in the bag. A field test of the substance in the needle revealed it was morphine. The glass pipe was also field tested, and tested positive for cocaine.

At the traffic stop, Neidigh was found to be in possession of a used syringe, and admitted that he had injected Dilaudid earlier in the day and that he fled the scene because he didn't want to go to jail.  Neidigh was placed under arrest for Retail Theft, Resisting w/o Violence and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. A bag was located inside the car that had Tufano's personal effects (clothing, mail, etc.) as well as a black purse, containing:

  • (12) Red pills marked "TEVA 3147", identified as Cephalexin 500mg
  • (7) White oval pills marked "IP 262", identified as Sulfamethoxazole and Trimethoprim  DS 800mg/160mg
  • (1) Suboxone Sublingual Film
  • Syringe with Morphine

In another bag belonging to Tufano, officers located several items that had been reported stolen from numerous burglaries in Cape Coral (bank cards, credit cards, social security cards, drivers license, and a check).  The Cape Coral Police Department Investigative Services Bureau was notified and Detective Nick Jones responded to the scene.  The investigation revealed that these subjects had been hitting other Publix locations in the city, would steal several low-dollar items (light bulbs, batteries, deodorant, etc.) and attempt to return them for cash in order to support their drug habit.  Additional charges pertaining to other retail thefts and the burglaries are pending.

ARRESTED:  Danielle C. Tufano (W/F 04-02-89) of 624 SE 46th St., Cape Coral, FL.
CHARGES:  Retail Theft, Resisting w/o Violence, Possession of a Controlled Substance x2, Possession of a New Legend Drug x2, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

ARRESTED:  Jason R. Neidigh (W/M 08-10-78) of1518 SW 53rd Ter., Cape Coral, FL.
CHARGES:  Retail Theft, Resisting w/o Violence and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

"This is a fantastic example of how a 'simple' misdemeanor investigation can quickly turn into much more.  The careful work of our Patrol Officers in concert with Detectives will result in numerous cases being cleared."- Sergeant Dana Coston, Cape Coral Police Department Public Affairs Officer.