A suspect was arrested on Thursday following an investigation into missing items from his recently deceased neighbor’s home. Mickey Leroy Kindle (01/08/60) originally called law enforcement on February 10th to the 2200 block of Aaron Street in Port Charlotte after checking on his neighbor and finding him deceased in the residence. Deputies entered the home, confirming the neighbor was deceased. An investigation was conducted by the Major Crimes Unit (MCU) and the death was determined to be from natural causes.
On February 11, MCU Detective Scott was contacted by the daughter of the deceased in regards to property she believed was missing from her father’s residence. Detective Scott met with the daughter and reviewed photographs taken of the home by Crime Scene technicians during the death investigation. The photographs revealed that metal lock boxes containing personal items were in fact missing, as well as Led Zeppelin memorabilia from binders that were photographed intact, but disturbed when she arrived to the home.
The daughter recalled that her father’s neighbor, Mickey Kindle, had told her over the phone that he could “jimmy” the rear door to check on her father, which was how he gained entry to the residence to check on his welfare. She did not believe this was the case, as the rear door was dead bolted and showed no signs of forced entry. She advised Detective Scott she believed Mickey Kindle had a key to her father’s residence.
Detective Scott spoke to neighbors who observed Kindle inside the deceased neighbors residence after the death investigation was complete, utilizing the garage door. Another neighbor confirmed that the deceased had previously advised him that Kindle had a key to the residence.
Detective Scott conducted an interview with Mickey Kindle, during which he provided a post-Miranda statement. Detectives then executed a search warrant on his residence, locating one of the missing lock boxes in his garage. A miter saw, miter box, and paint roller belonging to the deceased were also in the garage. A key to the deceased’s residence was also located.
Mickey Kindle was arrested for Burglary to an Unoccupied Dwelling, Burglary to a Conveyance, and Grand Theft.