PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- Charlotte County Sheriff's detectives arrested a Port Charlotte man in connection with two business burglaries.
Sean Patrick Allen, 19, of 2300 Ambrose Lane was arrested; this is his 13th booking into the Charlotte County Jail.
There has been a rash of similar business burglaries the past two weeks.
On Mar. 31, the front door glass was smashed out of Just Play Sports, located at 2602 Tamiami Trail. A cash register containing cash was stolen. The burglar cut himself and a large amount of blood was found by the front door. CCSO Crime Scene collected samples.
Saturday, CCSO received a call from an alarm company at 3:20 a.m. advising an alarm was activated at Advance America Cash Store, located at 2150 Tamiami Trail. When deputies arrived they found the front door smashed out. Detectives watched surveillance video showing the suspect with a gray hoodie and wearing white basketball style shorts, steal about $200 in items.
An employee of another business in the same shopping plaza told detectives she saw a young white male wearing a gray hoodie, white basketball shorts walk by her business toward Advance America Cash.
Moments later a deputy saw a man fitting the description of the suspect, but he fled when the marked patrol approached. A short time later another deputy saw the same man run behind homes on Lakeshore Circle. A detective in the area who personally knows Allen saw him run by wearing the same clothing and a foot chase began. Allen ran into his home and locked the door behind him.
Units surrounded the home and waited. Allen’s mother came to the door and gave deputies permission to enter and search; Allen was located in the attic and was talked into coming down. He was still wearing the same white shorts seen on the video and a business owner. While at his home, deputies found a single marijuana plant growing in a planter by the detached garage Allen was living in that had a weight of 31 grams.
Allen is charged with two counts of Burglary, one count Grand Theft, Cultivation of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Petit Theft. Allen remains in jail on $62,500 bond; the business burglary investigations continue by detectives.