FORT MYERS, Fla.- Fort Myers Police Officers arrested Kim Glenn, 56, of Lake Wales, for seven counts of arson, burglary, possession of burglary tools and resisting arrest without violence on Sunday, July 24.
At 9:30 p.m., an officer and his K9 partner were proactively patrolling the industrial area of Benchmark Avenue and Elevation Way for the purpose of preventing burglaries and air conditioning thefts.
During the patrol, the officer spotted a sport utility vehicle parked in the lot of 1603 Benchmark Avenue. All of the businesses in the area were closed and appeared dark. The officer canvassed the area for people and then conducted a check of the SUV’s Florida registration which came back to an owner out of Lake Wales, Florida. A teletype message was sent to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office for a deputy to make contact with the owner.
While that communication was taking place, the officer observed smoke coming from SunCoast Portable Sanitation located at 1661 Benchmark Avenue. As the Fort Myers Fire Department responded to the scene there were several large explosions and flames coming from inside the compound. Officers then spotted a suspect attempting to leave the area. Despite officers’ commands to stop the suspect jumped in a canal and began to swim away from police. The officer deployed his police K9 to assist in the apprehension of the suspect. When the suspect heard the K9 barking, he gave-up and crawled up out of the canal and was taken into custody. Officers also located an incendiary device and burglary tools. Glenn was arrested at that time.
FMPD is continuing to investigate with the State Fire Marshal’s Office. Seven heavy duty trucks were damaged as well as three portable toilets.