(August 6, 2015)- Cape Coral Police Detectives have arrested a suspect they believe is connected to numerous auto burglaries in SW Cape Coral.
Daniel Owen Clapper, W/M, 44, of Cape Coral, was arrested on charges of Grand Theft Auto by members of the Cape Coral Police Department Investigative Services Bureau early Wednesday morning.
Detectives organized a special operation to address several auto burglaries and auto thefts in the southwest Cape Coral. Det. Coons, Det. Iten and Det. Jones developed Clapper as a possible suspect in several cases.
Det. Mino-Ramirez and Det. Hicks located an abandoned stolen mini-van in the 3700 block of SE 15 Place, near some apartments Clapper is known to frequent. Cape Coral Police Department Property Crimes Unit, VIN, K-9 and Sgt. Mena established surveillance on the stolen mini-van and at the apartments believing Clapper would return to the van to venture out for another round of early-morning of burglaries.
Shortly after 2:00 AM, Detectives watched Clapper leave one of the apartments, walked about three blocks to the stolen mini-van and get into the van. Unbeknownst to Clapper, the van had been disabled and Detectives were able to take Clapper into custody.
Officer Gallo assisted with transport and booking and provided vital intelligence regarding Clapper that assisted in the investigation and location of Clapper. The mini-van was towed to the Cape Coral Police Department for processing.
Clapper was transported to Lee County Jail.
Later that day the first of additional charges were filed by Cape Coral Police Department Property Crimes Detective Jones for a Burglary and Grand theft that occurred on July 11, 2015.
More charges are pending.
"This is a great example of communication and teamwork. This operation drew on a variety of disciplines within the Department in order to achieve a successful outcome. However there is still work to be done to determine the extent of charges Clapper will be facing."- Det. Sergeant Dana Coston, Cape Coral Police Department Public Affairs Officer.
ARRESTED: Daniel O. Clapper (W/M 08-09-70), of 3608 Del Prado Boulevard S., Cape Coral, FL.
CHARGES: Vehicle Burglary & Grand Theft (x2)
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