CAPE CORAL, Fla.- Christopher Civitarese was sentenced to 5 years in prison followed by 5 years of probation as well as a designation of a Habitual Felony Offender and Prison Re-Release Offender.
EARLIER REPORT: Cape Coral Police Detectives from the Property Crimes Unit made two arrests in a burglary investigation on Wednesday. Christopher Civitarese and Michael King were arrested for their involvement in a burglary, criminal mischief and theft case.
At 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday April 13th Cape Coral Police responded to a vehicle burglary at 220 SE 1st Street. The victim told officers that he heard a noise outside by his car, which was parked in his driveway. When he got outside to check it out, he saw an unknown male standing in his driveway. When the victim asked the male what he was doing, he told the victim that he needed directions. The male then ran from the driveway on foot. At the same time, the victim noticed a small light blue two-door car speed away.
The victim looked inside of his car and noticed that the center console of his car had been broken and several items were missing. A description of the male as well as the car that was seen leaving was broadcast over the police radio. Moments later, Officer Dan Leger saw a vehicle matching the description at the Mobil station at 12 NE Pine Island Road. A male matching the suspect’s description was pumping gas.
Officer Leger detained the male and the victim was brought to the scene for identification. The victim positively identified the male (Christopher Civitarese) as the man that was in his driveway. A search of the car revealed numerous electronics, a cell phone and a car radio. Civitarese also had a prescription pill bottle that belonged to another person in his pants pocket along with credit cards that belonged to yet another person.
The owner of the credit cards was contacted by police and it was discovered that his car had been broken into also. While at Police Headquarters, information was gathered that identified Michael King as the owner of the blue 2-door car that was seen leaving the area of the first discovered burglary. Probable cause was also established for King, who was determined to have been involved with Civitarese during the crimes. More charges are pending.
“We are proud of the teamwork between the Patrol Officers on the street who quickly located the suspects and the Detectives who conducted the interviews and pieced the crimes together. We are grateful that the original victim called police quickly to report the crime. This is a crucial element to solving crime, timely information.” –Lieutenant Tony Sizemore.