Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Teenagers steal riot gear from cop car -- Lehigh Acres, FL

Two teenagers were arrested for stealing a corrections deputy's riot gear out of his SUV in Lehigh Acres.



The theft was discovered March 29th, when James Wilson got into his 2003 Ford Explorer to go to work.

He told deputies the SUV was unlocked, and someone had stolen his radio, sunglasses and Corrections Emergency Response Team gear.

A tip to Crime Stoppers on Easter Sunday led deputies to 16-year-old Thomas Jeffrey Ogle.

The caller said Ogle saw the items in the vehicle and saw the black bag with the riot gear inside sitting in the back of the SUV.

According to the tip, Ogle lifted the door handle and the door opened. He closed it and left, but the caller said he came back later and took all the items out of the vehicle.

The caller also told deputies they could find Ogle at 634 Tarapin Avenue in Lehigh Acres.

A detective went to the address and met with the homeowner, who said her son, 16-year-old Angelo Gonzales, was in the house, and Ogle might be as well.

She said she'd seen Ogle with a bulletproof vest over the weekend.

The detective asked to talk to Gonzales, who allegedly said he knew a little about the crime and had seen Ogle with a ballistic helmet over the weekend.

He also told deputies he thought the riot gear was hidden in Ogle's room, according to the arrest report.

Deputies got permission to search the home and found the room Ogle was supposed to be staying in was locked.

They got him to come out, and he allegedly told them he knew why they were there and the riot gear was in his closet.

Investigators found a portion of the gear in the bedroom, then found a broken police baton in the garage and part of the radio faceplate in the backyard, according to the report.

When asked where the rest of the stolen items were, Ogle reportedly said he no longer wanted to talk to deputies about it.

The interviewed Gonzales again, who told of Ogle and another person brining the items back to the house the week before, and the group trying the gear on.

But he said he had nothing to do with the vehicle burglary.

At some point, detectives say the ballistic helmet, gas mask and some other items were traded to another person for an iPod. That person told deputies they did not know the items were stolen.

Investigators determined that Ogle and Gonzales were both involved in the crime. They are charged with car burglary and grand theft. Ogle faces an addition charge of criminal mischief.

http://www.nbc-2.com/Global/story.asp?S=12263819

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What a retard...i didn't realize Tom was dumb enough to pull something like this. Especially if he thought he could actually get away with it...