Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Open And Shut Case?

A man was arrested Tuesday after deputies say he broke into another man’s house in Immokalee and stole a door.

Fernando Molina, 43, 110 9th St. S. Apt. B2, Immokalee was charged with burglary and grand theft.

Reports say Mario Garcia-Vela told deputies he was inside his house at 911 Madison Ave., around 9:45 a.m. when he heard a noise coming from the back of the house.

The door was propped open and a man wearing a black shirt, black shorts and a Miami Dolphins hat was halfway down Garcia-Vela’s driveway, carrying a white steel door. Garcia-Vela told deputies that the door had been propped up against the outside of the house.

Garcia-Vela yelled at the man, but the man ran to a black Dodge truck and drove away.
Around 9:50 a.m. deputies stopped a black Dodge truck matching the description of the car that left Garcia-Vela’s house at the intersection of 9th Street South and West Main Street. There was a white steel door in the back of the truck.

The driver, Molina, who was wearing a black shirt, black shorts and a Miami Dolphins hat, told deputies he found the door. He was arrested.

Molina is a documented career criminal in Collier County.