(October 26, 2016) - The Cape Coral Police Department and FOS Furniture are pleased to announce the FOS Furniture Officer of the Year, Detective William (Erick) Rosario.
Det. Rosario was the case officer in a several months-long investigation for forgery, fraud and theft that spanned all over Lee County. Henry Alberto Fernandez Gomez (DOB: 1-26-86) was developed as a suspect in the forgery and fraudulent use of a credit card by re-encoding gift cards with the victim's credit card information. After identifying Gomez, Det. Rosario discovered that Gomez was also the suspect in several other open fraud cases.
Over the course of five months, Det. Rosario worked hours of surveillance on Gomez, observing him at retail stores and connecting his purchases to the stolen card. He conducted countless interviews and follow-ups, and gathered statements and surveillance video from several witnesses and loss prevention associates. He made "trash pulls" from the suspect's discarded garbage and recovered purchased items and packaging, matching these items with the extensive list of receipts collected from the many retailers Gomez had frequented with the stolen credit card information. Det. Rosario also worked cooperatively with the Lee County Sheriff's Office, U.S. Secret Service, and the Florida Department of Probation, and provided them with information on Gomez's roommates that resulted in arrests for crimes in jurisdictions outside of Cape Coral.
Det. Rosario's tenacity and persistence over the course of this investigation culminated in the acquisition of a search warrant for Gomez's home in the 4000 block of SE 2nd Place, Cape Coral FL. The warrant was executed by the Cape Coral Police Department's Street Crimes Unit, Financial Crimes Unit, CCPD SWAT team, LCSO Economic Crimes Unit, and State of Florida Probation Office. Not only did the search warrant result in Gomez's arrest, it led to the recovery of nearly $5,000 in gift cards and $3,400 cash wrapped together in clear shipping tape.
For his incredible police work, investigation skills and persistence in the pursuit of justice, Detective William (Erick) Rosario is the FOS Officer of the Year.
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