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Two teens charged with petit theft, burglary

By Staff | Mar 17, 2023

Jalen Lenored Stokes

At approximately 3:05 a.m., today, March 17, Cape Coral Police Department officers responded to a call for service near the 100 lock of Southeast 1st Place, Cape Coral, in reference to a vehicle burglary in progress.

According to the CCPD report, the caller stated that three subjects appeared to be burglarizing vehicles near this location. These subjects were described as dressed in dark clothing with hoodies pulled over their heads. It was alleged that two males were pulling door handles on vehicles as one of the males acted as the “lookout.”

Officers arrived at the scene and located three black males matching the description running southbound on Southeast 1st Ave. A perimeter was quickly established, and Cape Coral Police K9 responded to the call location for a track. Lee County Sheriff’s Office Aviation Unit also responded to locate these suspects.

Victims on scene reported their unlocked vehicles had been rummaged through, and items of value and cash were reported missing. Numerous vehicles near this location were attempted, and several unlocked vehicles were searched.

The police report states that the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Aviation Unit located two males matching the description attempting to conceal themselves near the backside of a residence. Contact was made with Jalen Lenored Stokes, 17, of 1764 Palmdale Court, Fort Myers, and Charlie Sturgis, 15, of 2346 Winkler Ave, Fort Myers, who were both covered in grass clippings and burrs. Both males were immediately detained, and both refused to talk to officers.

Charlie Sturgis

Police said a show-up was conducted, and the victim was able to readily identify both Stokes and Sturgis as the subjects who were caught inside the victim’s vehicle.

Stokes and Sturgis were subsequently transported to Lee County Jail.

Stokes was charged with Petit Theft F.S.S. 812.014(3)(a) and Burglary F.S.S. 810.02(4)(b). [3 counts]

Sturgis was charged with Petit Theft F.S.S. 812.014(3)(a) and Burglary F.S.S. 810.02(4)(b). [3 counts]

Source: Cape Coral Police Department