Friday, October 20, 2017

Man arrested in burglary spree in Fort Myers


Gabriel Bowling, 41, was arrested by Lee County deputies in relation to a string of burglaries on Wednesday.

The suspect was discovered when deputies and their K-9 partner Kilo responded to a call about a potential stolen vehicle located near 20291 Summerlin Road, just west of John Morris Road at approximately 10:54 pm on September 26th. According to the sheriff’s office, after encountered a confirmed-stolen Fiat 500, deputies were directed by K-9 tracking to a rear door of Unit 105 within a short distance of the vehicle.

Law enforcement said they observed what appeared to be fresh pry marks near the door lock and their K-9, Kilo, began to bark in order to indicate that the odor of the suspect was present. Bowling was discovered inside the unit along with a collection of items that had previously been reported as stolen. Among the items recovered by LCSO staff were bicycles, a television, mail, bank statements, and power tools. An air mattress and hygiene products were also found on the scene, possibly indicating that Bowling may have been living in the unit for a short time.

Bowling has been charged with burglary of an unoccupied structure unarmed and further charges are pending.

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