Lee County deputies have arrested three people they say are responsible for stealing $15,000 worth of custom fishing equipment on Boca Grande.
On Sunday, September 29, the victim called deputies after discovering his locked shed had been forcibly entered. The victim said the thieves stole several high dollar fishing poles and other fishing equipment. Some of the custom made poles were adorned with the custom insignia "Lady Di."
Detectives with Gulf District and the Economic Crimes Unit were assigned to investigate. During the course of the investigation, detectives were able to develop several suspects and an address for them in Fort Myers.
When detectives approached 10970 Angus Lane they were able to observe from the road, in plain view, several fishing poles resting against the side of the residence. The poles were consistent with the description given by the victim. A closer look revealed the insignia "Lady Di" on several of the poles.
Detectives obtained a search warrant which led to the discovery of dozens of rods and reels scattered throughout the residence. The following were arrested and charged with Burglary to an unoccupied structure and Grand Theft:
Thomas McGowan, Fort Myers.
Michael Palumbo, North Port.
Kayla Chauvin, Fort Myers.