FORT MYERS, Fla.- The Fort Myers Police Department arrested 58-year-old Samuel Thomas for a residential burglary that occurred on Monday.
FMPD responded to a burglary on Brevard Avenue and discovered the house was ransacked by an unknown suspect. More than $2,000 dollars in valuables were taken, including electronics and a handgun.
Detectives obtained home video surveillance from the victim, which captured the suspect at the time of the offense. Three still images of the perpetrator were disseminated to officers who patrol the surrounding area. An officer located Thomas two days later, still wearing the same clothing and carrying the same backpack as seen in the video. Thomas then reportedly provided false information to avoid arrest.
Thomas was subsequently charged with armed burglary of an unoccupied dwelling, theft of a firearm, grand theft and obstruction of justice. Thomas was placed on 10-years’ probation in May of 2010, stemming from two prior burglary incidents out of Brevard County.