PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- Fast action by Charlotte County Sheriff's deputies resulted in the arrest of two Port Charlotte men who went “carhopping” Thursday in Port Charlotte and stole numerous items from unlocked vehicles. Robert James Raymond, 19, of 21510 Olean Blvd, and Walter Alden Aldrich, 19, who is homeless in Port Charlotte.
CCSO deputies responded to a burglary at 7:54 a.m. of a man’s two unlocked vehicles at 2796 Starlite Lane where a GPS and change were stolen. Road patrol deputies located at least another 10 vehicle burglaries in the same area. A deputy saw two men walking in the area and stopped to talk to them. It was discovered Aldrich had an active out of county warrant and was arrested. A search of a backpack found several GPS units and other items believed stolen from several unlocked vehicles in the area.
Detectives were called to further question Raymond and Aldrich and learned they may have entered as many as 20 unlocked vehicles. When the burglaries were completed, they went to a McDonalds in Promenades Mall where Raymond attempted to use a stolen credit card but it was denied. They then went to Winn-Dixie in the mall and dumped all of the stolen coins into a Coin Star machine and received over $57. They went to a few stores and purchased incense “Fake” to smoke. Moments later the two were stopped and arrested.
The unlocked burglarized vehicles were parked at 2725, 2733 and 2796 Starlite Lane; 21849 Felton Ave.; and 21466 and 21495 Olean Blvd. Detectives say they have more stolen items recovered from the backpack including several GPS units that were taken from other unlocked vehicles that have not been reported. If anyone has discovered their unlocked vehicle was broken into in this area, please call the CCSO Detective Ned Kaufman at 941-639-2101.
Raymond and Aldrich so far are both charged with six counts of Vehicle Burglary, five counts of Petit Theft, and one count of Grand Theft. Raymond was additionally charged with Criminal Use of a Personal Identification. Both have not posted bond. The investigation continues.