PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- Charlotte County Sheriff's detectives arrested a Port Charlotte man for stealing four air conditioning units from homes. The suspect may be responsible for a total of 20 ac units stolen.
Detectives have been working for weeks trying to arrest the person responsible for a rash of stolen ac units in the Port Charlotte area. They established a suspect, Joseph Thomas Harbeson, 30, 2518 Cannalot Boulevard. Thursday afternoon a Street Crimes Unit deputy went to Harberson home. He agreed to a search and found Oxycodone and drug paraphernalia on his person. Harberson was then taken in for questioning by detectives about the ac thefts.
Harbeson admitted to stealing multiple ac units and scrapping them at a recycler in the Whidden Industrial Park. He agreed to be driven around by detectives to point out locations where he stole 20 ac units and also pool equipment for copper and aluminum.
At this time Harbeson is charged with four counts of Grand Theft and four counts of Dealing in Stolen Property; more charges are expected to be filed. He was also charged with Possession of Oxycodone and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Harbeson was transported to the Charlotte County Jail where he remains without bond.
The four locations where the a/c units he’s charged with so far, were at 2224, 2392, and 2384 Pellam Blvd., and 17492 York Ave., all in Port Charlotte. Value of these four units was $19,000.
Harbeson is a convicted felon and has been booked into the County Jail 27 times.