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CCPD: Car burglars caught thanks to citizen

March 12, 2013
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The Cape Coral Police Department responded to a call Sunday night from a resident in the area of 1821 Southeast Eighth Avenue for a vehicle burglary in progress, according to officials. A witness observed two people, later identified as Sebastian Sierra and Antoinette Jamele, walking up and down driveways in the area attempting to enter vehicles. As police arrived, the two fled on foot.

K-9 Officer Clapp arrived and conducted a track, which led to the two, who were hiding in the brush. They were taken into custody without incident.

According to police, both confessed to entering numerous vehicles, identified specific items that they stole and accompanied officers around the neighborhood to point out locations and vehicles. Sierra accompanied a detective to his house and directed him to where the stolen property was located.

The case is still developing as victims are contacted.

"This is a great example of what can happen when the community and law enforcement work together - a quick apprehension and stolen property returned," Sgt. Dana S. Coston, a spokesman for the Cape police, said. "Not all victims of car hopping are so lucky however. Ninety percent of the vehicle burglaries worked by the Cape Coral Police Department are unlocked vehicles. We would like to take this opportunity to remind people to 'Lock It or Lose It.'"

Sierra, 21, of 1809 S.E. Eighth Ave., and Jamele, 16, of 913 Gleason Parkway, Apt. 6, are facing charges of burglary of vehicle.

Source: Cape Coral Police Department



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