PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- Two North Port men are in jail on burglary and theft charges after a woman saw men in black clothing and what looked like ski masks enter her Port Charlotte home Thursday afternoon.
The victim told deputies when she arrived at her Ruby Avenue resident just before 3:00 p.m. Thursday, she saw men wearing all black clothing and what looked like ski masks over their faces behind her house. They had gotten out of a white Ford Crown Victoria with black rims, similar to law enforcement vehicles. She noticed that one of the men was carrying what appeared to be a rifle.
While the victim called for help, she saw the men leaving the home carrying several items with them. They all got back into the vehicle and left the area headed toward Beacon Drive.
While deputies were headed to the house, a detective in an unmarked car spotted a white Ford Crown Victoria in the area of Veterans Blvd. and Orlando. He was able to get a tag number for the vehicle as it drove through back roads in Port Charlotte and North Port. When deputies tried to stop the vehicle, it sped up and fled the area, so they broke off any further pursuit.
A few minutes later other detectives saw the vehicle again. They coordinated their efforts with North Port Police Department to stop the car. When the car was stopped, the only person inside was 18-year-old Charles Dylan Kuntz. As a result of the investigation, Kuntz was ultimately arrested on charges of Burglary of a Dwelling while Armed and Grand Theft. He was transported to the Charlotte County Jail where he is being held on $27,500 bond.
North Port officers who were assisting in the investigation located a second suspect, 19-year-old Jalen Devar Bell. Since he was located in another jurisdiction, he was transported to the Sarasota County Jail and booked on similar burglary and grand theft charges. He was being held on a $21,500 bond.