CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Cape Coral Police have arrested the second suspect in the theft of multiple copper coils from the air conditioning units at Christ Lutheran School on Del Prado Boulevard. Matthew Shaw Winchester (DOB: 02/22/1982) was charged with Grand Theft, Dealing in Stolen Property and Criminal Mischief to a Church. Winchester voluntarily came to Cape Coral Police Headquarters yesterday and turned himself in. Cape Police had arrested his accomplice, Richard Terry Evans (DOB: 03/05/1989) on Monday.
On August 13 at 8:41 a.m., Cape Coral Police responded to a reported theft at Christ Lutheran Church located at 2911 Del Prado Boulevard South. According to the James Redecker, he received a call from his head custodian who said that several of their a/c unit coils were missing. Redecker found that five of the eight units at the school were missing their copper coils. The cost to repair and replace the coils is estimated at about $20,000.
Cape Coral Police Detective Tony Goliszeski contacted a local scrap yard to find out if any a/c coils had been sold for scrap. Detective Goliszeski determined that Evans and Winchester stole the a/c coils from the church, dismantled and cut them up for scrap. The two suspects took the scrap coils to Garden Street Recyclers in Cape Coral and sold them for more than $300, claiming they were the rightful owners.
During an interview with Detective Goliszeski, Winchester confessed to his involvement in the crimes. He then agreed to come to Police Headquarters on Wednesday for arrest. He was booked and transported to the Lee County Jail.