CAPE CORAL, Fla.- Cape Coral Police were called to 1518 NE Van Loon Terrace to investigate a residential burglary on Tuesday. The victim told officers that between 8:00 a.m. and 5:15 p.m., someone broke into her home and stole her Hewlett Packard laptop computer which was valued at $700.
Detectives Maris Lebid and Robert Luzarraga were assigned the case and began investigating. On April 28th they got a break in the case when they learned that the victim’s computer had been pawned at Gold Miner Pawnshop for $75. The individual who pawned the computer was identified as Andrew Joseph Ziemba. Ziemba listed his home address as 1517 NE Van Loon Terrace, which is directly across the street from the victim.
On Tuesday, Detectives Lebid and Luzarraga conducted a jailhouse interview with Ziemba, who was in the Lee County Jail on unrelated charges. During the interview, Ziemba admitted to pawning the computer but denied committing the burglary. Unfortunately for Ziemba, his time line did not add up.
Because of the timeframe of the burglary and the time in which the computer was pawned, his alibi was discredited. Ziemba was charged with burglary of a dwelling, grand theft and dealing in stolen property.