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Vehicle burglaries lead to arrest of Punta Gorda man

Arrest for vehicle burglaries in Charlotte Co.
Arrest for vehicle burglaries in Charlotte Co.
Posted at 11:24 AM, May 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-18 11:24:32-04

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. -- A Punta Gorda man has been arrested for several burglaries of unlocked vehicles in the Deep Creek and Port Charlotte areas.

19-year-old Trevor McPeak is facing multiple charges of Burglary and Theft.

According to the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office, three vehicle burglaries happened at the Deep Creek Gardens apartment complex the night of May 6th.  Three victims reported their vehicles were unlawfully entered.  Two victims reported items were missing; a wallet, credit cards, and cash.

Surveillance video on the property showed the suspect walking from vehicle to vehicle pulling on door handles to locate ones that were unlocked.

Another burglary was then reported on May 7th in the 23000 block of Dean Avenue in Port Charlotte. 

The victim told investigators that an unknown male was seen inside her vehicle, and that he fled upon being confronted by her sister’s boyfriend. The victim observed a blue bicycle and backpack on her property and stood by the items until deputies arrived. Deputies later searched the backpack, locating a Florida Driver’s License for Trevor McPeak, who matched the description provided by the victim and her witnesses, as well as the subject captured in the Deep Creek Gardens surveillance video.

Deputies made contact with McPeak’s mother, confirming he owned a blue bicycle and was not currently at home.  Detectives obtained a warrant for McPeak’s arrest for the Dean Avenue burglary.

Trevor McPeak was located on May 17th in Port Charlotte. He was arrested on the warrant and transported to a district office for questioning on the Deep Creek Gardens burglaries. At his time of arrest, Trevor McPeak was observed to be wearing shoes that matched the shoes observed on the suspect in the Deep Creek Gardens surveillance video.

McPeak was additionally charged with the Deep Creek Gardens burglaries, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Authorities say that in Charlotte County, 58% of the vehicles burglarized in 2017 were unlocked.