Published: Feb 21, 2011 4:39 PM EST
Updated: Feb 21, 2011 1:39 PM EST

CAPE CORAL- Cape Coral Police Detectives arrested Andrew Opsahl on multiple felony charges as he was planning to flee the state to avoid capture.

A victim came to CCPD to file a police report on Jan. 30. The victim stated that he let his employee (Opsahl) stay with him from Aug.2010-Oct. 2010 because Opsahl had no place to go. In January of this year, the victim and his wife discovered that they were missing more than $9,000 worth of jewelry. The victim sent a text message to Opsahl asking him if he knew about the missing jewelry. Opsahl admitted to stealing the jewelry and pawning it at several locations.

Cape Coral Police Detective Jason Hicks confirmed that Opsahl indeed pawned the victim’s jewelry at several locations. CCPD Forensics conducted fingerprint comparisons on the paperwork from the transactions and they were a match for Opsahl.

Detective Hicks developed probable cause for Opsahl’s arrest and officers went looking for him on Feb. 14. Opsahl is currently on state probation for previous burglary arrests and he knew that he will most likely be facing 10 years in prison if he were caught on these charges.

 The Cape Coral Police Street Crimes Unit located Opsahl on a traffic stop and placed him under arrest on Feb. 18. Opsahl was transported to CCPD headquarters where he confessed to the crimes during an interview with Detective Hicks. Opsahl also admitted that he was aware that this arrest will land him in prison and he had plane tickets to Michigan in his possession. He was scheduled leave the day he was caught by police.