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LCSO: Brazen burglars captured

November 20, 2013
Lehigh Acres Citizen

At about 10:24 a.m. Nov. 14, 2013, the Lee County Sheriffs Office responded to an attempted burglary at 1138 E. Amherst St. Due to the nature of the crime, detectives assumed the investigation.

A preliminary investigation revealed that two people tried to commit an occupied burglary by trying to enter through the front door. As they tried to force the door open, they were startled by the homeowner.

They fled in a 2000 Toyota Camry that was later confirmed stolen from North Fort Myers.

A short time later a second 911 call was received from a neighbor who heard gunshots coming from 728 Manuel St. The caller saw two men running from the home carrying a television.

They were observed fleeing the area in the same silver Camry from the first incident.

It was discovered that a family dog was shot and killed during the incident.

As deputies were responding, another citizen approached deputies and alerted them to two men who had just knocked on his door and were fleeing from the area. Deputies spotted the vehicle driving south on Bell Boulevard, then west on Leeland Heights Boulevard.

While driving westbound in the eastbound lanes, the Camry struck a Kia Soul in the rear bumper. The vehicle then crashed into a fence and came to rest at 405 Leeland Heights Blvd.

The suspects then fled on foot.

A brief foot pursuit resulted in the capture of the two of them - Christian Aranda, 18, of 1952 S. Pine Drive, Fort Myers, and Ronnie L. Sheppard Jr., 16, of 2640 Park Windsor Drive, Apt. 202, Fort Myers.

The driver of the Kia, Courtni M. Gerow, 24, of 527 Bethany Village Circle, Lehigh Acres, was transported to the hospital for precautionary purposes.

A child in the vehicle was not injured and was released to a relative.

A pistol was recovered in the Toyota Camry.

This investigation is on going and charges are pending.



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