CAPE CORAL, Fla. - A WINK News exclusive: a former Collier County Deputy and recovering addict is back behind bars. Cape Coral police say Kyle Beiner used a sledgehammer to smash the window of a Cape Coral jewelry store.
A big board covers the window outside, Greco Jewelers off Del Prado Boulevard South. Inside, shards of glass are still scattered everywhere.
"The first thing that goes through your mind if you've been in this business is, how bad is it going to be?" Owner Lenny Greco got a call 3:30 Thursday morning and rushed to the scene.
"He smashed through a plate glass window with a sledgehammer, slashed through 4 show cases," Greco said. According to Greco, Cape Coral police officers tackled the suspect as he was making his way towards a marina, carrying jewelry in a bag.
WINK News has confirmed, the suspect Kyle Beiner, is a former Collier County Sheriff's deputy who left the sheriff's office in 2005, and not in good standings. And just last year, he talked about his struggle with addiction to pain medication and how he got help at Saint Matthew's House.
"I've been in this business 30 years. I know of 20 robberies. They never catch the guy. Cape Coral? They catch the guy!" said Greco.
And throught it all though, Greco hasn't lost his sense of humor. Being that Valentine's Day is coming up? We're going to run a "smashing" big sale! " he laughed. "Come to Greko Jewelers and you're going to get something special."
WINK News has also learned Beiner was arrested last month at the RSW for allegedly stealing more than 44 pairs of headphones, and telling police he was going to sell them for drugs.
Meanwhile, Lenny Greco says police have his jewelry, but hopes to get the items back today or tomorrow.