(January 12, 2018) - One of a trio of burglars arrested in a February 2017 joint surveillance operation between the Cape Coral Police Department and Lee County Sheriff's Office has been found guilty, with the other two arrestees to be sentenced at a later date after taking plea agreements. From the Office of the State Attorney 20th Judicial Circuit:
Theodore Walker Grauwickel, 36, faces up to life in prison after being convicted of Grand Theft and First Degree Burglary with $1000 Damage following a trial in Lee County. He also entered a plea of no contest to a charge of Possession of Paraphernalia.
In February 2017 the Cape Coral Police Department and Lee County Sheriff’s Office conducted a joint surveillance operation where they observed a suspected burglary crew who were believed to have committed multiple burglaries throughout Lee County. This crew included Grauwickel along with two co-defendants, Allison Beck and Timothy Grant.
During the surveillance the group broke into a home in North Fort Myers by prying open a window in the back of the house. Once inside they stole multiple items including several expensive watches and various pieces of Louis Vuitton luggage. They also ransacked the house and broke an antique vase. They stole more than $20,000 worth of items and damage was estimated at more than $10,000.
About 15 minutes after getting inside, Beck pulled up in a car in front of the home and Grauwickel and Grant got in with the items. They were all quickly arrested.
Both Beck and Grant testified against Grauwickel at trial. They will be sentenced on January 16th as part of their plea agreements for charges associated with the burglaries. Grauwickel is scheduled to be sentenced on January 22nd.
Assistant State Attorney Paul Thomas prosecuted the case.
The original Cape Coral Police Department news release on this arrest is below, as well as the 20th Judicial Circuit's press release:
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