Man arrested following tip to local authorities
An anonymous tip Wednesday afternoon led to the arrest of a man who had evaded authorities for nearly three years after violating his probation.
Christopher J. Gladys, 31, of 533 S.E. Sixth Terrace, Apt. 2, Cape Coral, was taken into custody on a felony bench warrant for four counts each of grand theft and burglary charges, along with a violation of probation for DUI. He remained at the Lee County Jail on no bond Wednesday evening, according to jail records.
Gladys had been evading officers since 2007, when he violated his probation on the DUI charge. Nearly five months later, a second warrant for his arrest was issued for failing to show up in court on the burglary counts. Since then, numerous tips have been called in on Gladys, but officers never located him.
“Over the years, we’ve gotten numerous tips on his location,” said Trish Routte with Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers. “But nothing ever panned out.”
At 12:46 p.m., the organization received an anonymous tip that Gladys was staying at an apartment in Cape Coral. Members of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Warrants Unit immediately responded to the tip, and Gladys was in custody less than an hour later at about 1:15 p.m.
According to Routte, he has 12 prior arrests and 65 criminal charges going back to 1996 in Lee County.
“Chris Gladys obviously thought he was above the law and wouldn’t be held responsible for the crimes he’s been charged with,” she said. “But after three years, justice is finally being served — thanks to the help of an anonymous tipster and to Warrants Unit detectives who wasted no time in making the arrest.”
Gladys has a court date set for May 17, according to the jail records.
Anonymous tips on wanted individuals can be made 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling the Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers hotline at (800) 780-TIPS (8477).
All callers will remain anonymous and are eligible for cash rewards of up to $1,000. Also make tips at: www.swflcrimestoppers.com.