CAPE CORAL, Fla.- Cape Coral Police Detectives have charged John Michael Coppertino, 32, with three additional residential burglaries after conducting follow up investigations. Police originally arrested Coppertino on residential burglary charges June 30th after Detectives linked him to the crimes when he pawned the victim’s jewelry.
Since then, Detectives Michael Toleman, Maris Lebid, Todd Kerns and Nick Jones have been going over open burglary cases with similar methods of operation. Detectives have worked with gold dealers and pawn shops and have been able to pin the additional crimes on Coppertino.
All of the additional break-ins occurred between June 15th and June 26th. The crimes occurred in the 3500 block of SW 2nd Avenue, 1800 block of SE 26th Terrace and the 200 block of NE 10th Place.
Coppertino was charged on July 7th, 8th and 12th while he was already in custody at the Lee County Jail as Detectives gathered the new evidence against him.
Coppertino has been charged with 3 additional counts of Burglary of a Dwelling; Grand Theft; Dealing in Stolen Property and Violation of the Pawnbroker Act.
“The Cape Coral Police Department’s Property Crimes Unit works very hard for the citizens of Cape Coral. They work well as a team and have a passion for solving crime; this is evident by their high case clearance rate.” Lieutenant Tony Sizemore said.