PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Charlotte County Sheriff's detectives arrested Matthew J. Michaels, 28, of 1233 Hurtig Ave., Port Charlotte, in connection with burglary to eight vehicles, two dwellings, and $3,165 in items stolen.
On May 13 at 3:48 a.m., a deputy saw a suspicious person near a fence line on Hurtig Ave. that attempted to hide. As the deputy approached, Michaels fled but got boxed in by converging fences and was arrested for Loitering and Prowling, and Resisting after being tazed when he came at the deputy. The deputy noticed numerous droplets of blood on his clothing and fresh cuts and abrasion on his arms and hands.
Later, in the same area where Michaels lives and was arrested, five residents called CCSO and said their vehicles had been entered and in one case broken into. The complaints were on Neptune, Jarvis and Columbia streets, and two on Ample Ave. Six of the eight vehicles were unlocked and two were secured. On Jarvis St., a window had been broken out of a pickup; Crime Scene took blood samples.
Detectives obtained a search warrant of Michael's home and found the stolen property in his bedroom. Items stolen included GPS units, keys, CD's, a laptop, stereo, cell phone, electrician tools, garage door opener, sunglasses and prescription eyeglasses.
While in the County Jail on the original two charges, detectives added 10 charges of Burglary, four for Grand Theft, and two for Petit Theft. He remains in jail on a total of $180,000 bond.