PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- Charlotte County Sheriff's detectives arrested a man in connection with two past home burglaries in northwest Port Charlotte; he was identified by fingerprints left behind. In both instances, the owners were out of state when the burglaries occurrred. Harc Arthur Richard, 18, of 15177 Wymore Ave.was arrested for the crimes.

Last year on Feb. 16, 2011, CCSO responded to a call to the 1400 block of Morre Street concerning theft of three firearms, a laptop and a jewelry box totaling $6,200 stolen. The other home burglary was in the 200 block of Myers Street last week on Mar. 17. The original call was a loud music complaint. When deputies approached they saw two young men at the front of the house and they then ran inside. Deputies discovered they went out the back door and were not located. Items were found in the home indicting parties had been going on inside. Two bicycles were found at the rear of the home and confiscated along with an iPad, glasses, stereo speakers and items in the refrigerator.

CCSO Crime Scene technicians found fingerprints in both burglarized homes; one set matched those of Richard who was located Wednesday at Port Charlotte High School and taken in for questioning. Detectives confronted him with the fact that his fingerprints had been found in both homes. Based on the evidence, Richard was charged with Armed Burglary, Grand Theft and Burglary.

This is Richard’s third booking; he remains in the Charlotte County Jail on no bond, and the investigation continues by detectives.