CAPE CORAL, Fla.- Cape Coral Police arrested Benjamin Rodriguez Jr. on charges of Burglary and Grand Theft in an overnight auto burglary.
On Sunday night, officers were dispatched to a burglary in progress in the 600 block of NW 6th Street. A woman came outside of her home and observed a stranger inside of her neighbor’s car which was parked in the neighbor’s driveway.
The woman called Cape Coral Police and reported the incident. Officers arrived in the area within minutes and set up a perimeter. An officer made contact with Rodriguez, who was walking within the interior of the perimeter.
Rodriguez was dressed in all black clothing, as described by the witness, and was wearing a stocking on his head. Rodriguez had fresh dirt and wet grass on his shoes, clothes and arms and he was sweating profusely. A police K9 tracked from the scene of the break-in straight to the location of where officers had Rodriguez detained.
The witness was brought to the location of the detention and positively identified Rodriguez as the suspect that she’d seen breaking into her neighbor’s car. Rodriguez was also in possession of a bag containing property belonging to the victim of the burglary.
The property was returned to the victim and Rodriguez was arrested on charges of burglary and grand theft. He was transported to the Lee County Jail.
“This was a textbook example of a citizen choosing to get involved in the right way. She called the Police Department immediately, giving us a chance at catching the criminal, which we did. This was a great catch by Officers from the 3rd Platoon along with the K9 Unit,” said Lieutenant Tony Sizemore.