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Police: Burglary in progress results in arrest

By Staff | May 28, 2009

Police responding to a burglary in progess Wednesday, apprehended a Fort Myers man in a Sanibel home.

The burglar entered through a rear window that he broke out with a hammer, police said.

Sanibel officers apprehended Kristin Wesley Hughes, 36, inside the home. He was was charged with burglary and resisting arrest.

Hughes also is a suspect in a burglary which was reported by a home watch caretaker at a residence on West Gulf Drive on May 26, official said. The home was accessed through the rear sliding glass door which had been broken out.

He remained in custody in the Lee County Jail Thursday night.

Although Sanibel is a safe community, residents and visitors should always report any suspicious activity immediately to the Sanibel Police Department.

“With help from the community many crimes can be reduced or eliminated,” Chief Tomlinson said in a prepared statement,.

The chief of police issued the following crime prevention tips to Sanibel residents:

* Lock all doors and windows

* Engrave valuable household items with specific identification and video or photo

* Keep bushes and trees trimmed

* Never hide keys outside your home

* Let a neighbor know when you are out of town and let them know who should and should not be at your home when you are gone

* Install and maintain good lighting; use timers to turn lights on and off

* Install deadbolt locks, solid doors, security hinges and striker plates

* Secure glass sliding doors with pins

* Look around as you approach your driveway

* Close your overhead garage door before exiting your vehicle

* Never open your door to a stranger. If they claim to be representing a business, call to verify that they do in fact work for that business. Have them produce identification

* Make sure your alarm system is on when you are home, or away from home

* Organize a neighborhood watch program, if there is not one in place

* Contact Sanibel Police Department for dark house/vacation checks.

If you observe any suspicious activity at your home or your neighbor’s home, immediately contact the Sanibel Police Department at (239) 472-3111.

Source; Sanibel Police Department