(August 18, 2015)- Returning to the scene of the crime didn't pay off for a burglar who broke into a SW Cape Coral McDonald's a little over a week ago.
Cape Coral Police issued a news release last week, asking for the public's help identifying a man who broke into the McDonald's located at 1604 Cape Coral Parkway W. On August 13th, Detectives got the help they were looking for from restaurant employees, when a man matching the description of the burglar showed up in the drive-through. Employees spoke with the man, who in conversation brought up the recent burglary. When he left the restaurant, they were able to get a good license plate number and vehicle description. This led Officers and Detectives to develop John A. Gampa as a suspect.
Corporal Nick Slover and Detective Mike McIlhargey attempted to contact John A. Gampa at 4119 SW 15 Place, yesterday afternoon around 3:00 PM. When officers attempted contact at the residence, Gampa fled out of the rear of the house. Corporal Slover gave chase. In his own words:
In the 4000-block, in a vacant field, I saw him turn left and go behind some bushes. I rounded the corner of the bushes and saw Mr. Gampa on the telephone. I raised my hand pointing at him and gave him to a lawful order to place his hand on his head. At which time, Mr. Gampa, looked straight at me, in uniform, swung his hands down at my raised hand (missing) and said, "I'm running," actively resisting my efforts to detain him.
During the course of the second foot chase, I took out my department issued Taser and struck Mr. Gampa in the back, effectively disabling his movements.
Gampa was taken into custody on charges of Burglary and Resisting an Officer Without Violence. He was transported to the Lee County Jail. Gampa is on active probation for Robbery.
"Citizens, Patrol Officers, and Detectives working together enabled us to close this case." - Det. Sergeant Dana Coston, Cape Coral Police Department Public Affairs Officer.
ARRESTED: John A Gampa (W/M 11-02-71) of 4119 SW 15th Place, Cape Coral, FL.
CHARGES: Burglary, Resisting an Officer Without Violence
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