On Wednesday, May 14, 2014 the Fort Myers Police Department arrested Samuel Thomas (d.o.b. 03/18/1956 of Fort Myers) for a residential burglary that occurred on May 12, 2014.
On Monday, May, 12, 2014 the Fort Myers Police Department responded to a past-occurred residential burglary at 2229 Brevard Avenue. Responding officers discovered the house was ransacked by an unknown suspect and over $2,000 dollars in valuables taken to include electronics and a handgun.
Detective Zachary Ross obtained home video surveillance from the victim which captured the suspect at the time of the offense. Three still images of the perpetrator were disseminated to officers who patrol the surrounding area. West District Community Policing Officer Dave Conticelli located Thomas two days later still wearing the same clothing and carrying the same backpack as seen in the surveillance video. During the stop Thomas provided false information to avoid arrest.
Thomas was subsequently charged with armed burglary of an unoccupied dwelling, theft of a firearm, grand theft and obstruction of justice. Thomas was placed on 10-years’ probation in May of 2010 stemming from two prior burglary incidents out of Brevard County. Additionally, Community Offender Probation Education (C.O.P.E.) Officer Russell Southwick violated Thomas’ 10-year probation with the new law violation (yesterday’s arrest).
“In recent days video surveillance has played a major role with assisting law enforcement in a wide variety of cases. This is nothing new but it’s nice to see this trend as technology advances and systems become more affordable and prevalent,” said police spokesperson Lieutenant Victor Medico.
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