CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - Charlotte County Sheriff’s detectives found probable cause for the arrest of an Englewood man who got his car stuck at a park Sunday morning while attempting to pull copper wire from restroom conduit.
A BOLO was issued for Thomas Eugene Eaton, 39, last known address of 1790 Manor Rd., Englewood. Deputies were called to Sunrise Park, 20499 Edgewater Dr., Port Charlotte, at 8:05 a.m. and found a1996 green Chevrolet Beretta stuck in sand with the hood, trunk and driver side door open. Behind the car was a rope tied to three lengths of copper wiring at the rear of the restrooms. It appeared the car was used to pull the heavy copper wire approximately 100 feet out of the pipe from the back of the restroom area at the meter box.
FPL was called and cut off power to the rest of the park and Charlotte County Parks and Recreation closed the park until further notice. Detectives said they contacted the owner of the car and she said Eaton has been using her car since last Thursday. Detectives talked to Eaton’s girlfriend and she said Eaton called her early Sunday morning and said his car got stuck in Port Charlotte.
Detectives continue to try and locate Eaton whose nickname is “Copper Cowboy,” and are asking the public for any information as to where he might be located. Please call the CCSO at 941-639-2101, or Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS (8477).