Published: Oct 29, 2010 5:09 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 29, 2010 2:09 PM EDT

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Cape Coral Police arrested three suspects involved in the theft and strip of a Honda Civic discovered in a vacant field yesterday afternoon. Jehu Roman Damiani (DOB: 01/14/1992), Rodolfo Munoz (DOB: 01/15/1992) and Christopher Vivanco (DOB: 01/19/1991) turned themselves in late last night after learning they had been identified as potential suspects in the case. All three are charged with Grand Theft Auto.

On October 28 at 3:53 p.m., Cape Coral Police Officer Philip Lamanna was dispatched to a report of an abandoned vehicle in the 200 block of NW 16th Place. Officer Lamanna located a red Honda Civic that had been completely stripped of its motor, seats, dash and exhaust. The vehicle was covered in a lubricant in an attempt to conceal fingerprints. Officer Lamanna located the owner of the vehicle who confirmed that he had left his vehicle in working condition parked at his mother’s house in the northwest Cape.

Detectives with the Cape Police Property Crimes Unit arrived on scene and assumed the investigation. Detective Daniel Iten and Detective Kordell McKissack located an “oil trail,” which led them to a vacant residence. Upon contacting the former occupants of the home, detectives developed several suspects in the theft of the vehicle.

At 11:45 p.m. yesterday, detectives were notified that Damiani, Munoz and Vivanco voluntarily arrived at Police Headquarters to speak with them. The three suspects provided confessions about their involvement in the theft and stripping of the Honda Civic. They directed detectives to four, separate locations where the missing components from the vehicle could be located. The parts were recovered and returned to the vehicle owner.

Damiani, Munoz and Vivanco were booked and transported to the Lee County Jail. The investigation is continuing.