CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Cape Police have arrested three teenagers and charged them in connection with at least three residential burglaries that occurred in April.
One suspect has been identified as 17-year-old Danielle Heather Spears; she's facing charges of grand theft and burglary. Spears' boyfriend, identified as Johnathon James Perry (pictured), age 19, is facing a charge of burglary.
A third suspect, identified as 17-year-old Anthony Steele Sexton, was also was arrested. Sexton has been charged with grand theft and dealing in stolen property.
The case unfolded on April 17, when Cape Coral police responded to a 911 call reporting a burglary on SE 35th Terrace. The victim had returned home at 5:50 p.m. and found jewelry, cash and camera equipment missing. The value of the stolen property was about $8,700.
On April 21, the resident of SE 1st Avenue was visiting her neighbor when they both observed a white female and white male walk behind her house in the backyard. The resident returned home and saw her rear screened lanai door propped open.
The white female suspect was standing near the pool, while the male was attempting to break into the home via the sliding glass door. When the resident asked them why they were there, the white male -- who poilce say was later identified as Johnathon Perry -- said they were looking for his lost puppy. The resident told them to leave, and they both fled.
Later that same day, Cape police responded to SE 16th Street to investigate reports of a burglary. The home was owned by a relative of the victim who lived on SE 35th Terrace. Two laptops and jewelry valued at about $5,000 were stolen. Video surveillance provided by a neighbor showed a white female walking in front of the victim's home. The footage then shows the female carrying two laptop computers, getting into a white vehicle and leaving the area.
On May 6, Cape Police detectives Maris Lebid and Nick Jones met with Spears. During questioning, Spears admitted that she had stolen the two laptops and a large amount of jewelry from the home on SE 16th Street. Spears also told detectives that she sold one of the stolen laptops and some of the stolen jewelry to Steele Sexton. Based on this information, Spears was taken into custody.
Cape Police Officer Jason Sprague also located Perry in the parking lot of Publix on Cape Coral Parkway and placed him under arrest. Perry confessed to entering the lanai on SE 1st Avenue with the intent of stealing from the home.
Cape detectives were able to obtain a search warrant for Sexton's residence at 4815 Triton Court East #6. At 5:45 p.m. Thursday, May 6, Det. Lebid made contact with Sexton and read the warrant. Sexton agreed to speak to Det. Lebid and told her that he had received a laptop from Spears and Perry. He also said he had purchased a large amount of jewelry at the same time, and most of the jewelry had been sold to a local pawn shop. Based on the evidence, Det. Lebid placed Sexton under arrest.
All three suspects were booked and transported to Lee County Jail. Police say additional arrests and charges are pending further investigation.