Teens arrested following Cape Coral armed burglary, crash

Cape Coral, Fla. Three teens were arrested Wednesday after it was discovered they were involved in a burglary after a vehicle crash, the Cape Coral Police Department said.

Police responded to an armed burglary in the 200 block of S.W. Third Terrace around 8:50 p.m. A neighbor alerted the victim to a man and two teenage girls smashing a window at the home and leaving in a white Ford Crown Victoria. The neighbor also heard the trio talking as if they had a gun, police said.

At the same time, officers responded to a separate unrelated call at the 1500 block of Andalusia Boulevard for a single-vehicle crash involving a white Ford Crown Victoria.

Jesus Mendez. Photo via the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.

Jesus Mendez, 18, of 1006 N.E. Ninth St., and two girls were the occupants in the Ford. While helping them, officers noticed Mendez handling a bandanna with something wrapped inside it. When Mendez tossed the bandanna into the backseat, a loaded revolver fell from the bandanna to the floor behind the driver’s seat, police said.

The trio was detained and further investigation revealed they matched the descriptions of three burglary suspects.

Mendez and the two girls are facing charges of armed burglary and criminal mischief. Mendez has an additional charge for carrying a concealed firearm without a permit and driving without a valid license.

Mendez is in custody with no bond. The girls were transported to the Lee County Juvenile Assessment Center and are not being named since they’re minors.

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