(October 16, 2017) - Cape Coral Police patrol officers responded to a burglary and within minutes were able to get to the "Root" of the problem.

On October 14, 2017 at approximately 3:00 p.m. officers responded to the 1000 block of Winding Pines Circle in reference to a burglary in progress. The victim said he had watched a white male reaching for packages from the table in front of his residence. The victim confronted the man, who had a towel in his hands. The man then fled into a nearby apartment building. The victim then noticed his garage was open and several items had been moved outside, to include a portable generator, grill, 4 motorcycle helmets, tennis rackets, and other items totaling over $1,500. The victim also realized that the towel the man had been holding and wiping his brow with had been taken from the victim's garage.

Officers went and made contact with the suspect in the nearby apartment and identified him as Douglas Root (DOB: 3-15-84). Further investigation led to probable cause for Root's arrest on charges of burglary (for entering the victim's garage and removing/staging items for theft) as well as loitering and prowling (for casing the entryway for the packages). Root was placed under arrest and transported to the Lee County Jail.

ARRESTED: Douglas Michael Root, W/M, DOB: 3-15-84, of 1077 Winding Pines Circle #202

CHARGES: Burglary, Loitering & Prowling

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