CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla.- Charlotte County Sheriff's detectives arrested a Port Charlotte man Monday for a smash and grab of 33 rings from Walmart in Deep Creek on May 29. Tyler Ray Kerry, 20, of 175 Palmetto Circle, was arrested at the Charlotte County Jail and on charges of Grand Theft.
Deputies responded to the Walmart on a report of an unknown white male who came into the store and asked two different store associates to open a jewelry case. They advised him they were not able to open the case; he returned to the jewelry counter, placed a sock over his hand, then pulled out a small hammer from his pocket and smashed the front of the glass case. The subject reached in and removed a display case containing 33 rings. The subject then fled out the store pursued by several associates who saw him running toward I-75. The man climbed over a parking lot fence and got away.
A CCSO deputies located part of the stolen ring display case and several rings in the median of Kings Highway. The deputy later found another part of the display case with nothing in it on the I-75 overpass embankment. Detectives recovered 24 rings that night, and were able to locate eight more that Kerry had pawned May 30 at Gulf Coast Metals in Port Charlotte.
The CCSO Crime Scene responded and swabbed the jewelry display case pieces and took blood samples. Theblood was sent to FDLE for DNA testing. CCSO received a report back that found a perfect match for Kerry. Detectives went to the Charlotte County Jail and arrested him. Kerry refused to speak and advised detectives to contact his lawyer.
Kerry has been booked into the County Jail 15 times with 26 records. He’s been in jail since June 24 for a June 20 stabbing on Palmetto Drive near his home. On Aug. 22, detectives went to his jail cell and arrested him on Burglary and Grand Theft charges for breaking into a home on Palmetto Drive and stealing $1,140 in televisions and tools. He was identified by his fingerprints left at that scene. Kerry remains in jail on no bond.