2 arrested in pricey Englewood home burglary

CREATED Feb. 28, 2014

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  • Janice Rackl

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ENGLEWOOD, Fla. - An Englewood man and his girlfriend are charged with a home burglary in which thousands of dollars worth of guns and other valuables were stolen last week.

49-year-old James Peter Stankiewicz and 55-year-old Janice Rackl, both of Englewood, are both charged in the crime.

The victim has been hospitalized and in a nursing home for several weeks.  Neighbors and a friend had been watching his home while he was away.

On Friday, February 14 neighbors spotted a woman named Janice, walking around the home trying to get in.  She told the neighbors she was a friend of the victim.

The following day the friend went to check on the home, went inside and saw that it had been ransacked.  She noticed money, a flat screen TV, and several other items were missing.  Neighbors told investigators that the victim also owned several guns.  All told the thieves took about $100,000 worth of items.

Their investigation led them to Janice Rackl.  When detectives arrived at her home they spotted several items from the burglary in plain sight through the door.  After questioning Rackl and her boyfriend detectives obtained a search warrant and found the stolen items.  Based on the evidence she was arrested on a charge of armed burglary, grand theft of a fire arm (23 counts) and grand theft of property with the victim being 65 years of age or over (over $100,000).

Rackl asked to talk to detectives after her arrest and shortly after her boyfriend James Stankiewicz was arrested and book on the same charges.  Additionally he was charged with probation violation and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.