Tuesday, January 22, 2008

CCSO Web Site Leads To Arrest

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office Web site helped lead to the arrest of a Golden Gate man Monday.

Carlos Acosta, 23, of 4155 20th Place S.W., was charged with armed burglary and grand theft in connection with a Jan. 10 break-in at the 4605 Lombardy Lane home of Victor Gonzalez. Two handguns and about $12,500 in jewelry were taking during the burglary. Acosta was identified when Gonzalez spotted his photograph several days later on the CCSO Web site's arrest log. He told deputies he found Acosta after looking through about 60 photos.

On the day of the break-in, Gonzalez spotted a man emerge from the side of his house. He asked the man, later identified as Acosta, what he was doing and the man replied that he was looking for someone. Gonzalez then saw another man walk out from beside his neighbor’s house. Both men ran away on foot. Gonzalez followed them and saw the first suspect get into a silver Crown Victoria at Sugden Park. Gonzalez returned home, got into his car and started driving around looking for the Crown Victoria. He saw the car stop at one point and pick up the second subject, but he ultimately lost sight of it on Bayshore Avenue. He called deputies, who responded both to his house and to the Bayshore Avenue location. The Crown Victoria could not be located, however.

Over the next few days Gonzalez spotted the Crown Victoria two more times, but both times it eluded him. On Jan. 15 he decided to look through arrest photos on the CCSO’s Web site to see if he could put a name with the face of the man he saw leaving his house. After finding Acosta’s picture he printed the photograph and gave it to deputies. When deputies checked into Acosta, they learned that his car is a silver Crown Victoria. Acosta was arrested Monday after being questioned at the Golden Gate substation.