CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla.- Detectives arrested a Punta Gorda man on Wednesday on Grand Theft charges related to thefts from the YMCA Center in Charlotte Harbor.
On Monday, the YMCA Center on Bayshore Road in Charlotte Harbor reported that a silver canoe and six red and white kayaks had been taken from their camp sometime over the weekend.
Detectives assigned to the case received information from a patrol deputy that witnesses had heard a man at Ponce DeLeon Park bragging about having stolen items from the YMCA. They obtained statements from the witnesses and went to the man’s house where they found a canoe that had been spray painted a different color. A life guard at the YMCA was still able to identify the canoe from a broken seat bar and other markings on it as the canoe stolen from the “Y.” The canoe was transported to the Sheriff’s Office evidence lot.
Detectives arrested Andrew Michael Ahrens, 22, on charges of Grand Theft and Violation of Probation. He is being held without bond.
Detectives are looking for a second man, Taylor L. Hendrix, 20, whose last known address was 7776 Cleveland Drive in Punta Gorda. Hendrix was allegedly with Ahrens at about the same time as the thefts.
Anyone with information on the location of Taylor Hendrix is asked to please call the Sheriff’s Office at (941) 639-2101.