PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- A Port Charlotte man faces multiple charges today following the report of a vehicle burglary and a traffic crash Thursday night.
Shortly after 11:00 p.m. Thursday, deputies responded to a residence in the 1200 block of Yorkshire Street in Port Charlotte. The residents reported they were awakened by a vehicle alarm. They looked outside and saw a black extended cab truck with a white magnetic sign on the driver’s door in front of their house. When they checked their vehicle in the driveway, they found the driver’s window broken out.
Deputies found what appeared to be a broken off piece of a flat head screwdriver wedged in the driver’s side window. While they were still at the scene, a black Nissan truck with a white magnetic sign on it turned onto Yorkshire Street. One of the residents told deputies that vehicle looked like the one seen in front of their house.
Other deputies in the area located the truck and attempted to stop it. The truck sped up and attempted to flee by turning onto several different streets. When the truck attempted to turn from Quesada Avenue onto Randolph Street, the driver lost control and crashed into a ditch. The driver, Antonio D. Cuyler, 37, of 1393 Yorkshire Street in Port Charlotte, was taken into custody, initially on traffic related charges.
While Cuyler was being searched, deputies located a baggie in his front pocket that contained a green leafy substance that tested positive for marijuana. Inside the truck, they found an open container of alcoholic beverage and several empty beer containers. They also saw a broken screwdriver handle inside the truck.
Deputies initially charged Cuyler with Fleeing to Elude a Police Officer, Resisting Arrest, Reckless Driving, Driving with a Suspended DL, Driving Under the Influence, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Cuyler also had two outstanding warrants from both Charlotte County and Orange County. Cuyler was being held without bond.
While detectives continued to investigate the initial vehicle burglary, the Sheriff’s Office received other complaints of vehicles being illegally entered. As of this report, detectives had additionally charged Cuyler with Burglary of a Conveyance and Possession of Burglary Tools concerning the initial Yorkshire Street burglary. Seven other reports from the same general area were still be investigated.
Anyone with information concerning these vehicle burglaries is asked to please call the Sheriff’s Office at (941) 639-2101, or Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS (8477).