PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- Charlotte County Sheriff's detectives arrested two men for burglarizing and stealing from a Port Charlotte home in the 21300 block of Meehan Avenue Tuesday morning. Brian Jerome Hartmanstorfer, 19, of 2408 Auburn Boulevard, and Anthony John Hoban, 20, of 18553 Kuldin Avenue, were arrested.
The owner returned to his home and saw a blue pickup parked at a vacant home across the street. When the owner looked toward the pickup, it drove off at a high rate of speed. The owner went into his carport and noticed the storage room had been entered and an air compressor was missing. He talked to his daughter and her boyfriend who were in the home at the time of the burglary but they said they heard nothing.
However, his daughter and future son-in-law did say they saw a blue pickup earlier at Meehan Avenue and Harbor Boulevard and two men get out and started walking. They saw the men about two house away reach into a large bush and pull out a red air compressor and continued to walk down the street with the air compressor. They did not know it was the one stolen from their home.
The owner called CCSO at 11:34 a.m. and told deputies about the two men and the air compressor. He gave a direction of travel and responding deputies saw the two men carrying an air compressor. When emergency lights were activated, they dropped the air compressor, ran, and a foot pursuit began. Backup deputies and K9 arrived and Hartmanstorfer and Hoban were both located in the 2100 block of Aaron Street. Hartmanstorfer, who was bitten in the leg by the K9 and Hoban were both arrested. Hoban was taken in for questioning while Hartmanstorfer was taken to the hospital for his dog bites and when medically cleared, he too was taken in for questioning.
Both men were positively identified as the two men walking in front of the house and pulling the air compressor out of the bushes. The driver of the pickup who dropped off Hartmanstorfer and Hoban has not been located at this time.
The two men were each charged with Burglary to an Occupied Dwelling, Petit Theft, and Resisting Arrest. Hartmanstorfer was additionally charged with Violation of Probation. Both men remain in jail on no bond. Hartmanstorfer is a convicted felon with six bookings; Hoban has been booked seven times.