PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- Charlotte County Sheriff's detectives filed more charges against two Port Charlotte men involved in 10 reported “car hopping” incidents July 12 to unlocked vehicles. Robert James Raymond, 19, of 21510 Olean Boulevard, and Walter Alden Aldrich, 19, who is homeless, both remain in the Charlotte County Jail as detectives continue their investigations.
So far, Raymond and Aldrich have been charged by detectives in connection with eight of the 10 reported unlocked vehicle cases that occurred on Starlite Lane, Felton Avenue and Olean Boulevard. The pair was arrested July 12 after they committed the vehicle burglaries and then went to McDonald’s in Promenades Mall where Raymond attempted to use a stolen credit but it was denied. They then went to Winn-Dixie to use a Coin Star machine and received over $57 for the stolen coins found in unlocked vehicles. They then went to a few stores, and at one, purchased incense “Fake” to smoke. Moments later a deputy stopped them and learned they both were on probation out of other counties. Detectives located several GPS units inside a backpack and other stolen items were recovered from Raymond’s home.
Raymond so far has been charged with 18 counts and Aldrich with 16 counts ranging from Burglary, Grand Theft Petit Theft, and Fraudulent Attempt to use Identification of Another Person. Aldrich has a Violation of Probation warrant for Manatee County, one for Sarasota County, plus two in Charlotte County. Raymond has one count of Violation of Probation for Sarasota County. Both remain in the Charlotte County Jail on no bond.
Sheriff Bill Cameron again reminds motorists to, “Always lock your vehicles as unlocked cars and trucks are easy targets for those looking for cell phones, GPS units, satellite radios, money, wallets, purses, CD’s, iPods, drugs and weapons left in unsecured vehicles. Thieves quietly get in and out of an unlocked vehicle in seconds which could be prevented by simply locking them.”