The Marco Island Police Department on Monday, December 17 arrested one 14-year-old male juvenile from Naples for petty theft in conjunction with an ongoing investigation stemming from the theft of items from a porch on Jamaica Road. That incident occurred on Wednesday, December 12 at approximately 2:38 PM.
“This was a cooperative effort between the Collier County Sheriff’s Office and our agency,” said Captain David Baer. “I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the considerable amount of actionable intelligence that was provided by citizens during this investigation that helped to provide us with many of the leads which led up to the successful apprehension of the individual responsible.”
Another juvenile was charged with possession of marijuana as part of this investigation. Enough information regarding the involvement of a third individual was not adequate to charge that party at this time.
Incidents such as this have been widespread throughout Florida and nationwide. Captain Rich Stoltenberg who heads the investigative and patrol divisions for the Marco Island Police Department cautioned residents to take steps to be proactive in preventing these types of thefts.
“We know that many of our residents shop online today and have purchases delivered by the Postal Service, UPS or FedEx. If you know you’ll be working and won’t be home ask a neighbor to check on your deliveries, you might also check with your employer to see if that delivery might be made to your workplace,” said Stoltenberg. “Many of those delivery services will text or email you when those deliveries are made. This gives you the opportunity to have someone pick up or secure those valuables for you, before they become easy pickings for those looking to take advantage of the situation,” continued Stoltenberg.
You may also request delivery for a time or day when you know you’ll be home or require a signature before a package could be left. You might also request that a package be held at the shipping company’s closest location, so you can pick it up there.
Captain Stoltenberg also cautioned residents to lock their vehicles, whether they are at home or in parking lots across the area. “If you’ve been shopping and have purchased items make sure you place them out of sight in your trunk or cover them from prying eyes,” said Stoltenberg.
Stoltenberg goes on to caution residents to also secure their homes. “A resident being proactive in these matters provides your local law enforcement agency with the best front line of defense against burglaries and thefts,” commented Stoltenberg.
“Marco Island is a wonderful place to live, in addition to being an extremely safe place to bring up a family and enjoy the many wonderful aspects of the tropical lifestyle we’ve come to love. However, we all need to stay aware of our surroundings and be cognizant of anything out of the ordinary. If you see something, say something,” concluded Marco’s Police Chief Al Schettino.
“We have an open-door policy here in the department and welcome any suggestions or questions you might have,” said Chief Schettino.
If you have any questions for the department, they welcome your inquires by calling them between 8 AM and 5PM on weekdays by calling 239-389-5050. If you have an emergency call 911.