(August 16, 2019) - A carefully planned and executed surveillance operation by the Cape Coral Police Department’s Property Crimes Unit resulted in their witnessing the suspect committing his crimes and ending the recent issue plaguing northeast Cape Coral.
On August 15th, 2019 the CCPD Property Crimes Unit conducted an operation in the Gator Circle area of northeast Cape Coral, setting surveillance on several locations throughout the area that had been targeted for their well equipment. At approximately 4:15am, an officer at one of the locations observed a vehicle park in front of his target location and a man exit the vehicle. The man walked up along the side of the home where the well equipment was, returned to his car and drove the car into the side yard next to the equipment.
Officers converged on the location on foot, and while approaching could hear the sound of PVC pipes being cut at the side of the home. The officers made contact and took the man, Rogelio Miranda-Espinosa (W/M, DOB: 1-16-68) into custody. He was charged with burglary of a dwelling, grand theft, criminal mischief (damage to property over $200 but under $1,000), possession of burglary tools and driving on a suspended license (knowingly). Miranda-Espinosa was transported to the Lee County Jail.
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