Three suspects are in custody for their involvement in a string of burglaries to unlocked vehicles that occurred this weekend in the area of Gillot Boulevard in Port Charlotte.
At approximately 8:00am on Saturday, deputies began receiving calls from victims reporting vehicle burglaries that occurred sometime in the early morning hours on Gillot Boulevard and Blitman Street. A total of nine vehicles were entered on the two streets, with an additional burglary reported later in the day on El Salvador Road.
Detectives immediately responded and began an investigation. Surveillance video was obtained from a victim’s residence that depicted two suspects arrive on his property driving a black golf cart with special wheels. The golf cart was driven by a white female who was accompanied by a white male in the passenger seat. The victim stated he believed the golf cart belonged to an address on Stone Street, which is in the vicinity of the reported burglaries.
Detectives located a juvenile living on Stone Street with information on the golf cart. The golf cart was eventually identified as one frequently driven by Kaitlyn Price (8/23/00) as it belonged to her mother. The investigation also led to the identification of the male in the video as Angelo Cardella (9/22/00). Both juveniles were located and questioned by detectives.
Kaitlyn Price and Angelo Cardella were arrested at the conclusion of the investigation on the following charges:
Burglary to an Unoccupied Conveyance Unarmed (9 counts)
Burglary to an Unoccupied Conveyance Armed
Grand Theft Firearm
Grand Theft ($300-$5,000) (3 Counts)
Petit Theft ($100-$300)
Both juveniles were transported to the Department of Juvenile Justice in Fort Myers.
On Sunday, July 8th, Makinzie Van Tassell (3/3/99), came forward to law enforcement to discuss the vehicle burglaries. After providing a statement to detectives, Makinzie was arrested for Tampering with Evidence and Criminal Conspiring and transported to the Charlotte County Jail.
In Charlotte County, more than half of the vehicles burglarized in 2017 were unlocked. Help us reduce vehicle burglaries by removing valuables from sight and locking your doors to prevent these crimes of opportunity.