Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Teen Charged In 2 NN Car Break-Ins

An 18-year-old man is facing felony charges after deputies say he broke into cars in the North Naples apartment complex where he lives early Wednesday and stole electronics and other items.

Daniel Cortes, 1215 Reserve Way, Apt. 101, was charged with burglary and petty theft.

Arrest reports said a neighbor who lives at The Reserve told deputies that he was on his porch overlooking the parking lot around 2 a.m. when he saw Cortes pulling on the door handle of a vehicle. Cortes walked over to the trunk and then walked away, carrying items in his hands, reports said.

The neighbor followed Cortes to Cortes’ apartment building. Cortes went inside the building and came back out emptyhanded and sat on the stairs, reports said.

When deputies arrived, Cortes was leaving his apartment and there was a pile of electronics and other items on the ground outside his door. In the pile was a GPS navigation system, a cup holder containing coins and a radar detector, all of which had been reported stolen from two vehicles in the apartment complex.