Published: Aug 18, 2010 3:21 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 18, 2010 12:21 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - A Charlotte County Sheriff’s detective arrested a mother and her adopted son after catching them in the act of removing an appliance from a vacant Port Charlotte home; several homes in that area have been burglarized recently.

Tuesday afternoon at 12:12 p.m., Det. Sgt. Ken Roguska drove by a home at 1263 Harbor Blvd., Port Charlotte, that he knew was vacant. He observed a Ford pickup in the driveway and saw Lorie M. McDaniel, 42, and her adopted son Henry Cleveland Britt, of 23420 Mullins Ave., Port Charlotte, pushing an electric range-stove combination out the front door.

McDaniel asked if she could call her husband to tell him what happened; when contacted, she gave the phone to Det. Roguska. Her husband said he did not know why his wife was at that house and they were supposed to be looking for houses. Both were arrested and transported to the Charlotte County Jail. They were each charged with felony Burglary and Grand Theft. McDaniel made bond while Britt remains in the County Jail on $7,500 bond.