PUNTA GORDA, Fla.- Charlotte County Sheriff's detectives arrested four men for stealing large sheets of steel at a construction site used to prevent cave-ins. Carlos Jackson Subel, 32, Robert Wayne Rhinesmith, 43, Adam Lee Crider, 27, and his brother Joshua Shane Crider, 31, were arrested for the crime.
The superintendent of Garney Construction contacted CCSO on June 5 to report several sheets of steel were stolen at an underground work project site on Jones Loop Road. Someone had spray painted the word “Free” on remaining sheets of steel and it was not done by employees or the superintendent. Weight of the stolen plates was nearly 3,000 pounds.
Detectives contacted Trademark Recycling, 5005 Dalewood Street in the community of Cleveland, east of Punta Gorda, and the manager said he bought steel plates from Subel with the words “Free” spray painted on them. The manager said Subel brought the steel plates in on a flatbed trailer pulled by a green Explorer SUV. The superintendent was called to the recycling yard and positively identified the stolen items as his. Detectives obtained all the paperwork for evidence identifying Subel as the person who received payment for the stolen items.
Further investigation by detectives identified Rhinesmith, and the Crider brothers as the other three involved in the theft. All four were charged with Grand Theft, however, Subel was additionally charged with Dealing in Stolen Property. All four are convicted felons; Subel remains in jail on no bond, his 6th booking; this is Rhinesmith’s 13th booking, he remains in jail on $2,500 bond; this is Adam Crider’s 15th booking, he posted a $2,500 bond and was released; Joshua Crider has been booked 13 times, he posted a $2,500 bond and was released.
Detectives also charged Subel in another case that occurred May 11 for stealing a barbeque smoker valued at $800 from a home in the 4600 block of Knollwood Drive, east of Punta Gorda. He sold it at T&E Cycles, 1700 Steadly Avenue in Punta Gorda. The owner located the stolen item at T&E Cycles and called CCSO. The owner said he bought it from Subel who brought it in on a trailer pulled by a green Explorer. Detectives obtained a transaction copy of Subel’s driver’s license, signature and vehicle information for evidence. Subel was paid $100 for the smoker.