CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. -- Deputies are searching for a suspect in residential burglaries overnight in a Punta Gorda community.
The burglaries were interrupted at 1:41 am Tuesday in the Heritage Landing community off Burnt Store Road north of Zemel Road. During a routine patrol of a residential neighborhood, Charlotte County Deputies noticed a U-Haul truck parked at an unoccupied residence.
An officer walked up to the residence and observed a woman exiting the rear of the residence.
Two other suspects were observed by Aviation on foot. A third suspect fled.
Police were able to arrest Maria Cruz, 31 and Yohander Romero-Pedroso, 40 who attempted to hide in a ditch near the scene.
The third suspect, identified as Alexander Santiesteban, 39, has not been located. Santiesteban is a heavy-set Hispanic male and was last seen wearing black shorts, a blue shirt, green sneakers, and a blue hat.
Detectives believe he may be headed to the Bradenton area.
Detectives are still seeking information on Santiesteban’s location. Please contact the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office (941-639-0013) if you have information on his location.