A man charged in an April burglary case in Cape Coral has been sentenced to prison, officials reported.
Jerry Adam, 29 of 2811 Central Ave., Apt. 405, Fort Myers, was sentenced to six years in prison on Tuesday for his role in last year's break-in. He will also have a career criminal designation as a habitual felony offender.
"The outstanding work I spoke of between officers, detectives, forensics personnel and the community doesn't end at the time of the arrest," Lt. Tony Sizemore, spokesman for the Cape police, said. "We then continue our hard work and partner with the State Attorney's Office and see that people like Mr. Adam are sentenced to prison."
On April 23, Cape police were called by a neighbor, who advised that a Toyota pickup truck was backed into the driveway of a home at 3233 S.W. Fourth Terrace. The caller advised that the residence was supposed to be vacant.
The witness told officers that a man was walking around the home and was last seen at the rear of the home. A second man was seen sleeping inside of the cab of the pickup.
Officers arrived and found the truck in the driveway backed all the way up to the garage door. They checked the license and discovered that it was stolen truck out of Fort Myers. Officers then made contact with the man in the truck, identified as Rubens Aspilaire, 19, of 2944 Jackson St., Apt. 8, Fort Myers.
Aspilaire was detained while police looked for the second man.
Officers surrounded the home and saw the man, later identified as Adam, trying to exit through the rear slider. Adam saw police and retreated back into the residence. Upon the K-9 unit's arrival, an announcement was made for Adam to exit the home or the K-9 was going to be deployed.
He exited the home and peacefully surrendered.
Authorities did an inventory of the stolen truck. A bag containing a 9 mm pistol with a 30-round magazine, Tom-Tom GPS, flashlight, screwdriver, pry bar and tool bag, which contained a hammer, wrench, razor knife and socket set, was located inside of the truck.
Adam was arrested and charged with grand theft auto, burglary, possession of burglary tools and three failure to appear warrants.
Aspilaire was arrested and charged with possession of burglary tools, burglary, possession of marijuana, carrying a concealed firearm, grand theft and a failure to appear warrant.
Both were transported to the Lee County Jail and held without bond.
Source: Cape Coral Police Department