PUNTA GORDA, Fla.- Two Lee County men wanted in connection with the daytime residential burglary of a Punta Gorda home last week were arrested Monday on warrants in northeastern Florida as a result of a tip to Crimestoppers.
Edward Michael Kolodny, 23, and Garrett Clinton Whitney, 18, both from the North Fort Myers area, were arrested on Charlotte County warrants for Armed Burglary of an Occupied Dwelling and Grand Theft at about noon on Monday October 14 in St. Johns County.
Charlotte County detectives received a tip through Crimestoppers that both men were possibly at a residence near St. Augustine. They contacted the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office to request that they check for the men. Kolodny and Whitney were located and taken into custody. According to the information on that agency’s website, Kolodny was also charged with Resisting an Officer and two counts of Battery.
Kolodny and Whitney are alleged to have participated in breaking into an occupied residence along Oil Well Road in Punta Gorda on Tuesday October 8. Two other people, Stephen Adam Twyman, 19, of 1605 Oakley Avenue in Fort Myers, and Sarah Lauren Cassell, 20, of 1518 NE 2nd Street in Cape Coral, were arrested for their alleged participation last week.
The burglary victim had reported finding three men in her house about 9:30 am. She fled the house with her infant child to meet deputies along Oil Well Road. The three suspects, who were dressed in dark clothing and ski masks, fled from the house into nearby woods. Detectives located most of the property reported stolen from the house as well as knives that did not belong to the victim.
Twyman was stopped as he was walking along Oil Well Road toward US 41. An officer from Charlotte Correctional Institution reported seeing him come out of the woods near the victim’s residence. Detectives saw Cassell drive by in her grey Hyundai while they spoke with Twyman. Twyman was initially charged with Loitering and Prowling. The burglary and theft charges were added when the shoes he was wearing matched shoe prints found at the victim’s house. Cassell is alleged to have provided transportation for Twyman, Kolodny and Whitney.