CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - Charlotte County Sheriff’s detectives arrested William Sidney Crow Jr., 30, Port Charlotte, charging him for burglary to three businesses; Paws ‘R’ Us, 3681 Tamiami Tr., El Paisano Grocery, 3596 Tamiami Tr., and Golden Krust Caribbean Restaurant & Bakery, 3651 Tamiami Tr.
Detectives said Paws ‘R’ Us had the front door glass smashed in and $300 cash, a gun holster and a laptop were missing; total value of the theft was $1,495. Blood was found on the broken glass at this business. A .45 caliber revolver was found near the door that belonged to the business owner. An attempt was made at the bakery to smash the front door glass, but the glass had hurricane film that prevented the burglar from entering; value of the damages was $400.
The owner of grocery said $300 cash was taken after smashing in the front door glass. The grocery is in the same plaza as Vanity Dry Cleaners/Laundromat and detectives recovered video that showed a white male dressed in a black hooded sweatshirt, blue jean shorts with white socks and black shoes. The video showed the burglar in front of the grocery, throwing an object through the front window, entering the store, and exiting with a box under his arm.
Detectives checked with area hospital concerning someone who may have been cut and found Crow had gone to the emergency room at Peace River Regional Medical Center for treatment for a deep laceration to his leg. Crow matched the description of the suspect in the video. Also, a CCSO K9 Unit tracked the suspect from the businesses to a canal. Detectives then went to Crow’s girlfriend home in the 300 block of Fairhaven St. where they located wet clothing and shoes with blood on them that matched the suspect in the video.
Crow was charged with three counts of Burglary, and two counts of Grand Theft. He was transported to the Charlotte County Jail where he remains on no bond. Crow was released from a state prison in early October for previous burglar charges. He has been arrested 14 times with 27 records.
Detectives checked other businesses in the area and found four others that had attempted burglaries and believe Crow may have been involved. Other businesses are asked to come forward if they believe someone may have tried to break in to their business Sunday night or early Monday morning.