ENGLEWOOD EAST, Fla.- Charlotte County Sheriff's detectives arrested an Englewood man for burglary to six vehicles on Euston Avenue in Englewood East on June 30; all but one was unlocked. He also stole fishing gear from a garage, and attempted to use two stolen credit cards. Chad Michael Hayes, 25, of 7-A Manor Court in Englewood was arrested for the crime.
CCSO received a call June 30 from an employee of the Mobile gas station, 13423 South McCall Road, who found two credit card and two declined credit card receipts hidden in a beer cooler. The employee also found a purse in the trash can by the gas pumps. The victim was contacted and reported her purse was stolen out of her car that included her passport, driver’s license, credit cards, $300 cash and a $4,000 gold and diamond engagement wedding ring.
Deputies and detectives reported six unlocked vehicles were burglarized and another car had the convertible top cut to gain entry. All of the vehicles were on Euston Avenue in Englewood. Besides the vehicle burglaries, Hayes was charged with burglary to a garage on Euston Avenue and stealing four fishing rods and reels.
Detectives viewed the gas station surveillance video that showed a man enters the gas station parking lot just before midnight June 30 in a white mini-van. He got out, discarded a purse in the trash can, and then entered the store. Video shows him using the ATM machine twice, and then going to the beer cooler. A BOLO was issued for the van and a description of the clothing he was wearing. Hayes was subsequently identified as the suspect.
Detectives then researched pawn shop transactions and discovered on July 2, Hayes pawned a ring at King’s Pawn II in Sarasota. The victim positively identified the ring as the one stolen from her purse out of her car. Hayes met with detectives and initially denied any involvement in the vehicle burglaries, thefts, or using stolen credit cards. Hayes was then shown the evidence. He was currently moving out of his home on Boundary Boulevard in Rotonda West, to his new apartment on Manor Court. He gave consent to search the Boundary Boulevard home and detectives located some of the stolen property. At his new apartment they recovered the stolen fishing equipment.
Hayes was arrested and transported to the Charlotte County Jail where he remains on $48,000 bond. Charges were six counts of Burglary to Conveyance, three for Grand Theft, and one count each for Petit Theft, Burglary to a Dwelling and Attempted use of Stolen Credit Cards.