Published: Nov 09, 2010 4:29 PM EST
Updated: Nov 09, 2010 1:29 PM EST

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Cape Coral Police have arrested a Fort Myers man who is a suspect in several thefts at CVS Pharmacy stores in Cape Coral and Fort Myers. Albert Rowser (DOB: 09/02/1965) was charged with Grand Theft for stealing two television sets from the CVS on Pine Island Road.

On October 10 at 8:50 a.m., Cape Coral Police responded to a reported theft from the CVS store at 1611 NE Pine Island Road. According to an employee, he observed a black male enter the store and take two, 17-inch Craig televisions off the shelf. The male then ran from the store with the televisions and fled the scene in a beige/gold Honda. The value of the televisions was $398. Video surveillance of the suspect was provided to Cape Police detectives.

During his investigation, Cape Police Detective Jason Hicks developed Albert Rowser as a potential suspect. On November 2, Detective Hicks and Detective Jazmin Correa met with the employee at CVS who identified Rowser as the male who stole the televisions from the store.

Earlier today, Detective Hicks and Detective Correa met with a detective with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, who advised them that he was investigating similar thefts at two CVS Pharmacy stores in Fort Myers. In the past couple of months, the exact vehicle was used in the commission of the crimes, and the LCSO detective said surveillance video obtained from these stores showed Rowser also was involved.

Based on this information and Detective Hicks’ probable cause for arrest, the three detectives made contact with Rowser at his residence in Fort Myers. Rowser initially denied any involvement in the Lee County thefts; however, he agreed to come to the Cape Coral Police Headquarters to speak to detectives about the Cape Coral theft.

During the interview with Detective Hicks, Rowser confessed to stealing the televisions from the CVS store on Pine Island Road. After Detective Hicks completed his interview, the LCSO detective asked Rowser about the two thefts he was investigating for the Sheriff’s Department. At that point, Rowser confessed to committing those crimes as well and confirmed that he was the person in the surveillance photos.

Rowser was arrested and transported to Lee County Jail, charged with one count of Grand Theft related to the Cape Coral crime. At the jail, additional Grand Theft charges were added by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office for the two crimes that occurred in Fort Myers.