PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- Charlotte County Sheriff’s detectives arrested three men after they were caught in the act of burglarizing a home and shed Sunday in Port Charlotte.
CCSO received a call at 7:10 p.m. from an alert neighbor who said he saw three men in the house that is in foreclosure and not been occupied since January. When deputies arrived they located David Raye Lilly, 38, homeless, and Kenneth John Ryan, 54, of Port Charlotte. The two men were outside standing next to a shed that had also been broken into, with stolen items on the ground by them. A CCSO K9 unit tracked the third man, Robert Louis Lease Jr., 30.
Detectives said a refrigerator and stove in the home valued at $1,600 were stolen. In the shed were 20 fishing poles valued at $1,100 and various tools valued at $500, all had been stolen. Detectives continue their investigation as there have been other homes in the area that have been broken into and burglarized recently.
Lilly, Ryan and Lease were transported to the Charlotte County Jail; all three have not posted bond at this time. Bond for Lilly and Lease was set at $3,000 and $5,500 for Ryan, a convicted felon.