Published: Jan 18, 2011 5:44 PM EST
Updated: Jan 18, 2011 2:46 PM EST

DEEP CREEK- Charlotte County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Deep Creek man Sunday after a K9 bloodhound tracks from the scene of a vehicle burglary (car hopping) to his apartment door. Arrested was Nicholas Torres, 19, 26386 Nadir Rd.

The owner of a red Jeep Patriot called CCSO around 7:30 p.m. after he saw a white male leaning inside his Jeep with the door open. He yelled at the man and the suspect fled. The owner gave a very detailed description of the suspect to a deputy when he arrived. The deputy said he had personal knowledge from prior arrests that Torres fit the description and lived nearby. The deputy went to the Torres home, located him on the back porch; the clothing and description of the suspect matched. Torres denied he had been out of his home.

As the investigation was continuing at the Torres apartment, a K9 bloodhound picked up the scent from the vehicle burglary site. As the deputy was speaking to Torres, the bloodhound arrived at Torres apartment door. The victim arrived and positively identified Torres as the man who burglarized his vehicle.

Torres was charged with Burglary to a Conveyance and Violation of Probation. He remains in the Charlotte County Jail on no bond. Torres is a convicted felon a year ago. Since then he has been arrested for several burglaries and was on probation.