Anthony Louis Longo, 22, of 3608 S.W. Seventh Place, was recently sentenced to five years in state prison, followed by five years of drug offender probation and five years of state probation for his role in a 2012 home burglary, according to the Cape Coral police.
"Our officers made this arrest due to the assistance of an alert neighbor and within months, this criminal has been sentenced to prison," Lt. Tony Sizemore, spokesman for the Cape police said. "Community/police teamwork at its finest."
On June 23, Rob Baribault, an off-duty Cape police volunteer and a retired officer, was cutting his grass when he noticed a suspicious car pull into the driveway of his neighbor's residence at 3515 S.W. Fifth Place. Baribault knew the car was suspicious because the homeowner was away in Germany at the time.
Anthony Louis Longo
Baribault noted the vehicle's description and tag number and went to investigate. He noted that the rear slider doors had been pried open and noticed a man inside of the residence making his way to the front door.
Baribault confronted the man and asked who he was and why he was in the neighbor's home. The man identified himself as Anthony and said that he was the homeowner's cousin. Baribault, relying on his years of police service, determined that this was a lie and he called the Cape police and provided a description of the man and his car.
Officers were in the area located the car and conducted a traffic stop. Longo was identified as the occupant.
During an interview with police, Longo reportedly admitted to breaking into the home.
He was arrested and charged with burglary and grand theft and taken to the Lee County Jail.
Source: Cape Coral Police Department