CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - Charlotte County Sheriff’s detectives arrested two teens after they broke into a Gardens of Gulf Cove home and stole a handgun, rifle, shotgun and flat screen television. A 17-year-old and Nickolas Edward Scharmberg, 19, both of Port Charlotte, were arrested.
Monday at 1:30 p.m., the owner of the home at 6195 Kevitt Blvd., called CCSO to report the theft. He told detectives a female came to his door Nov. 3 and needed to call her boyfriend (later identified as Scharmberg) to pick her up as her cell phone was broken and used the owner’s phone. Shortly after Scharmberg arrived, he talked to the homeowner who is a contractor. Scharmberg asked him if he would come to an Edgemere St. home in Port Charlotte on Monday to get a remodeling estimate. The homeowner went to the address but Scharmberg was not there; the 17-year-old was and said her boyfriend couldn’t make it.
The homeowner examined the residence for an estimate then returned home to find his house broken into and the weapons and TV were stolen. Detectives, after obtaining the home address for the minor and Scharmberg, set up surveillance at their home and about 8 p.m. a vehicle pulled up. They saw subjects carrying long gun cases which were placed into the trunk of the vehicle. Detectives made contact with the minor and Scharmberg and recovered all the stolen items.
They were transported to the Charlotte County Jail and both charged with four counts of felony Grand Theft of a Firearm, and one count of Armed Burglary. The minor was transported to the Department of Juvenile Justice in Ft. Myers, and Scharmberg remains in jail on a $20,000 bond. The investigation continues.