PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- Charlotte County Sheriff's detectives early this morning arrested two men for “carhopping” vehicles in Port Charlotte. Jonathan Marshal Walker, 19, of 902 Spring View Avenue, and Giovanni Sanabria Jr., 20, of 2409 Conway Boulevard, were both arrested.
An alert neighbor called CCSO at 12:10 a.m. after she witnessed two men with flashlights enter an unlocked vehicle’s door in the carport. She said the home owners are seasonal and no one should be there. She yelled at the men asking them “What are you looking for?” and they fled the area going north on Felton Avenue towards Starlite Lane. A responding deputy located Walker and Sanabria and stopped them for questioning.
Deputies took Walker and Sanabria in for a “show up” and the witness positively identified both men she saw in her neighbor’s carport. After further investigation, deputies located another unlocked vehicle at 2460 Sistina Street that had been burglarized. A search of both men located three flashlights, a BB pistol, lottery tickets, currency, a car phone charger, a dog leash, a hoze nozzle, snacks and lighters. Both men denied going into any vehicles. They were arrested on a total of four felony counts each; two for Burglary to an Unoccupied Conveyance, and two for Possession of Burglary Tools. Both remain in the Charlotte County Jail on $10,000 bond.
Sheriff Bill Cameron again reminds motorists to, “Always lock your vehicles; unlocked cars and trucks are easy targets for those looking for cell phones, GPS units, satellite radios, money, wallets, purses, CD’s, iPods, drugs and weapons left in unsecured vehicles. Thieves quietly get in and out of an unlocked car or truck in seconds which could be prevented by simply locking your vehicles.”
Detectives say the investigation of carhopping continues. If anyone has information about recent carhopping incidents, please call the CCSO at 941-639-2101, or Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS (8477).