CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla.- Charlotte County detectives from both the Sheriff's Office and Punta Gorda Police Department have arrested two local men who are alleged to have been involved in multiple burglaries in different locations within Charlotte County.
Sheriff’s Office detectives learned that some of the burglary complaints they were working had similarities to at least two cases being worked by the Punta Gorda Police Department. Police detectives had sufficient evidence in their cases to arrest Pedro Moises Rodriguez, 19, if he could be located.
In the Sheriff’s Office’s complaints, entry had been gained to the homes by prying open rear doors. The items that were reported stolen were primarily electronics, jewelry and various types of collectibles. When detectives check, they found that Rodriguez had been pawning similar types of items and also offering such items for sale via social media.
On Tuesday, detectives located Rodriguez and looked inside his vehicle. They saw property that seemed to match with items reported stolen in other burglaries they were working. He was transported to the Sheriff’s Office, where detectives from both agencies spoke with him. Detectives seized Rodriguez’ vehicle as evidence.
As a result of their investigation, detectives from both the Sheriff’s Office and Police Department arrested Rodriguez on multiple Burglary, Theft, Criminal Mischief, Dealing in Stolen Property and other related charges in a total of 11 separate cases. He was booked into the Charlotte County Jail and is being held on a total $182,500 bond.
Earlier today, detectives also arrested Antonio M Campbell, 21, in relation to many of the same cases as Rodriguez. Campbell is alleged to have been involved with Rodriguez in breaking into these houses. Campbell was still being booked into the jail at the time of this report.
As a result of the combined investigations of the Sheriff’s Office and the Police Department, detectives obtained a search warrant for Rodriguez’ vehicle as well as a resident located on Orange Street in Port Charlotte. They located property, such as electronics and sports memorabilia, that matched with items reported stolen in a variety of burglaries.
The investigation into these cases is ongoing and could result in other arrests and additional charges.