|Published:||May 20, 2011 9:51 PM EDT|
|Updated:||May 20, 2011 9:48 PM EDT|
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Police have arrested a man believed is linked to several burglaries in his own neighborhood.
Cape Coral Police said Trevor Turner hit more than 20 homes during the daytime, making off with roughly $200,000 worth of valuables.
People living south of Cape Coral Parkway and west of Skyline Boulevard said the rash of burglaries had put them on edge.
"It's not a good time in this neighborhood because people are feeling invaded," said Honey Costa, who lives across the street from Turner.
Costa says the concentration of break-ins in the area led some neighbors to believe the thief lived among them.
According to Lt. Anthony Sizemore, Turner would steal anything he could sell.
"Jewelry was really popular. There were a couple of laptops, coin collections," said Sizemore.
Sizemore said undercover police tracked Turner's movements for several days and were able to buy drugs and stolen property from him.
When they finally made an arrest, police found two bags of stolen goods in Turner's attic.
Police are investigating whether Turner was working alone and if he is responsible for any crimes outside his neighborhood.
He is in the Lee County Jail, facing drug charges, with burglary charges pending.
For many, there is relief now, with the suspected crook behind bars, but the shock he would steal from his neighbors won't be as easy to get over.
"You don't like to believe that your neighbor is possibly doing you harm, breaking into your home, doing damage to your home," said Mary Pugliese, who lives around the corner from Turner.