(September 15, 2015)- A car burglar who stole a gun and went on a crime spree in SE Cape Coral has been arrested.
Yesterday morning police investigate a vehicle burglary at 4302 Del Prado Boulevard S. A vehicle was broken into and from it was taken a number of items including a loaded firearm. The burglar used the firearm to shoot the window out of another vehicle in the parking lot, and commit a second burglary, stealing a purse from within.
A short time later, Cape Coral Police Department was contacted by EBS Firearms at 1639 Cape Coral Parkway on a "shots heard" complaint. When officers arrived, they learned that an unknown white female entered the store and attempted to sell a Taurus handgun. Store employees found it odd because the female was wearing gloves and there was a spent casing still inside the gun. The female gave a Florida Drivers License which was not hers and the store employees elected not to purchase the gun. Officers looked at the video surveillance from EBS Arms and observed that it was the same female suspect from the earlier burglary investigation.
Patrol, K9, and Aviation responded to the area to search for the suspect. A Ping4alert was sent, warning people in the area about the police activity and providing a description of the suspect as well.
Officers contacted Investigative Services Bureau Property Detectives and provided them a still photograph from the surveillance footage. Detectives recognized the suspect as Kristina Lantz (W/F 9-18-91), of 1306 SE 41st Ter., Cape Coral, FL. Officers went to her last known residence and made contact with Lantz in the driveway. Also in the driveway was a gray Chevrolet Impala which had been reported stolen earlier in the day (the front passenger window was broken and missing).
Detectives respond to the residence. A search warrant for the home was obtained and upon execution of the search warrant, the stolen gun was located inside the along with numerous other items of stolen property to include purses and jewelry belonging to other victims.
Lantz was taken into custody without incident and transported to Lee County Jail. Investigation is ongoing to identify additional victims. Additional charges are pending.
ARRESTED: Kristina Lantz (W/F 9-18-91), of 1306 SE 41st Ter., Cape Coral, FL.
CHARGES: Burglary of a Vehicle x 2; Grand Theft Firearm; Grand Theft Auto, and Criminal Mischief.
CR#s: 15-014663, 15-014651, 1514652
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