CAPE CORAL, Fla.- An off-duty Cape Coral Police Volunteer helped officers nab a burglar in a brazen daytime break-in on Saturday afternoon.
Police volunteer, Rob Baribault, who is also a retired police officer, was cutting his grass when he noticed a suspicious car pull into the driveway of his neighbor’s residence in the 3600 Block of SW 7th Place.
Baribault knew the car was suspicious because the homeowner is away in Germany. He noted the vehicle’s description and tag number and went to investigate.
According to reports, the volunteer noted that the rear slider doors had been pried open. He also noticed a white male inside of the residence making his way to the front door. Baribault confronted the male at the front door and asked who he was and why he was in the neighbor’s home.
The male identified himself as Anthony and that he was the homeowner’s cousin. Baribault, relying on his years of police experience, knew that this was a lie and called Cape Coral Police and provided the descriptions of both Anthony as well as his car.
Moments later, officers were in the area and located the car. Officers pulled the car over and identified Anthony Longo as the occupant. Cape Coral Police Detectives interviewed Longo who admitted to breaking into the home. Longo was arrested on charges of Burglary and Grand Theft and taken to the Lee County Jail.
Lieutenant Tony Sizemore said “This crime was solved because of the vigilance of the neighbor, who happens to be one of our fantastic police volunteers. Rob takes ownership in his neighborhood and knows what looks out of place. When he saw something out of the ordinary, he didn’t hesitate to call us. That’s what solves crimes and keeps this community safe. It sure doesn’t hurt that Mr. Baribault still has his police instincts either."