PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- A Lake Placid man was arrested Wednesday on charges including burglary, grand theft, sale of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance as a result of two separate cases from late 2013.
Detectives arrested 49-year-old Edward Grant Dahl on an outstanding warrant-related to a burglary reported at Value Storage, located in the Charlotte Harbor. According to the report, the victim reported in December 2013 that someone had entered his storage unit sometime between late November and early December and removed a large number of tools. The victim had marked most of his tools with his initials.
During the investigation, detectives couldn’t find an external location on the storage unit that indicated any type of forced entry. They did, however, find an area inside the unit that was exposed and would have allowed access from an adjoining unit. They learned that the adjoining unit had been rented by Dahl during the time frame of the burglary and theft.
When the detectives began checking pawn shop records, they located several transactions at shops in North Port and Arcadia by Dahl in which he sold various different tools. They checked with the pawn shops and found the tools sold had the victim’s initials on them. The victim identified them as his property.
Dahl is alleged to have rented the adjoining unit, climbed through an opening into the victim’s unit and manipulated the door so that it did not appear to have been forced open. He then replaced the door after removing the tools.
In a separate case handled by the Narcotics Unit, Dahl is alleged to have sold three hydromorphone pills to undercover operatives, also in late November 2013.
Dahl is being held at the Charlotte County Jail on a total $30,000 bond.