|Published:||Jun 12, 2010 3:31 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Jun 11, 2010 11:46 PM EDT|
COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - A ten month long string of robberies has finally been solved. Collier deputies caught up to the crook, after a spree of plasma television thefts.
It was a burglary that had investigators stumped. Three homes in the Enclave at Wildwood robbed of electronics, all within days of one another.
"It was very disheartening. We were new to the area, we had just fixed our place up, only been there a couple of months and that happened," Debbie tells me.
She and her husband don't want their last names revealed because they are one of the three part-time residents who were robbed. The thief stole their two plasma TVs worth over a thousand dollars.
But, something caught them as strange, their door had damage that didn't make sense. "Looked like it was damaged from the inside which was weird, we couldn't quite figure it out," Debbie tells me.
In fact, according to deputy reports, the other homes broken into had almost no traces of a forced entry. Investigators also couldn't find any clues or witnesses. Plus, there were no records of any of the stolen items being pawned.
"It was just too weird, all the same, they were all newly redone homes, so it was just too coincidental," the homeowner says was her initial reaction.
All the pieces finally came together ten months later.
Joseph Berg, a handyman subcontracted by Weichert Realty, was caught stealing from condos in North Naples. The realty firm informed the sheriff's office he has also worked on all three condos at the Enclave. Deputies had enough evidence to arrest Berg Thursday.
Debbie was happy to hear the news, "I'm glad that they caught him, I'm glad they had enough evidence to lock him up."
Berg is facing multiple grand theft charges, including charges for drugs that were found on him during the arrest.
WINK News spoke with victims, who say they are waiting to see if they will get any of their items back.