Published: Nov 24, 2010 2:53 AM EST
Updated: Nov 23, 2010 11:53 PM EST

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Cape Coral Police have charged a Fort Myers man with burglarizing two homes and stealing more than $18,000 in electronics and other items.  Barry Wayne Burdette was charged with Burglary and Grand Theft.  Burdette also is a suspect in more than 30 other burglaries in Cape Coral and Fort Myers.  Burdette currently is in custody at the Lee County Jail.

On October 28, Cape Police responded to a reported burglary at 2334 SW 28th Street.  The burglary occurred while the homeowner was out of the country and was reported by the property management company.  A flat screen TV, Sony stereo and other items were taken.  On November 4, Cape Police were called to another burglary at 1458 Viking Court.  Once again, the homeowner was out of the country, and several flat screen TVs, computers and other electronic equipment were stolen.  The burglar also stole a 2001 Ford Excursion, which was parked next to the residence.

 On November 11,  Lee County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a burglary on Caribbean Boulevard where Burdette had been identified as a possible suspect.  Burdette was found to be in possession of a set of keys to the Ford Excursion taken from the home at Viking Court. 

On November 12, Cape Police contacted Burdette who agreed to cooperate with their investigation and admitted to his involvement in the two burglaries.  Also during their interview, detectives established Burdette as a suspect in more than 30 additional burglaries in Cape Coral, North Fort Myers and Fort Myers.

Based on the evidence and Burdette’s confession, detectives charged Burdette with the two burglaries on October 28 and November 4.  Burdette is currently in the Lee County Jail.