PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- Charlotte County Sheriff's detectives arrested 21-year-old Toren Kinchen for a string of vehicle burglaries and thefts that occurred along the Harbor Blvd. area last Friday.
A total of at least 23 separate reports were taken concerning vehicle thefts, vehicle burglaries and thefts from the vehicles.
The first report of the burglaries began about 4:30 a.m. on Friday, when a teenager heard her father’s car start up and start backing out of the driveway of their Harbor Blvd. home. She went outside to see who was in the car and saw someone she described as a black male wearing a black sweatshirt and baggy pants getting out of the car and fleeing on foot, leaving the car in the middle of the road.
Deputies spent much of Friday taking other reports as a result of either the residents finding something amiss with their vehicles or the deputies themselves finding the burglaries during their neighborhood canvassing.
The vehicles reported stolen included a white 1999 Chevrolet Lumina and a black 2001 Jeep Wrangler. Other items reported stolen included a .45 caliber handgun, a .22 caliber handgun with ammunition, an iPhone, GPS units, wallets, cash and change, and other loose items. Deputies obtained the necessary information from individual victims to enter the vehicles and the handguns into the national computer system as being stolen.
On Tuesday, deputies from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office stopped a vehicle for a traffic infraction. One of the two people in the vehicle fled on foot from the traffic stop. During the traffic stop, the Hillsborough County deputies located the stolen .45 caliber handgun as well as a large amount of narcotics. The remaining person was taken into custody and charged by Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
Charlotte County detectives went to Hillsborough County and spoke with the person they had in custody. During their investigation they developed sufficient evidence to obtain a search warrant for a residence in Lee County, which they served with the assistance of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. During the search, they located some .22 caliber ammunition and a small holster.
While the Charlotte County detectives were still in Lee County, Lee County Sheriff’s deputies located the stolen Chevrolet Lumina during a traffic stop at a local Howard Johnson’s Inn in Fort Myers. One of the occupants of the stolen vehicle was Kinche.
Charlotte County detectives spoke with Kinche who agreed to accompany them back to Charlotte County to discuss the burglary cases. During their investigation, the detectives were able to connect Kinche with the two people in the car located earlier in the day by Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
As a result of their investigation, detectives charged Kinchen with a total of 44 charges, ranging from Armed Burglary of a Conveyance, Grand Theft of a Motor Vehicle, Vehicle Burglary, Grand Theft of a Firearm and Petit Theft. He was booked into the Charlotte County Jail where he is being held without bond.
The investigation into these cases is continuing.