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Two Cape men sentenced to prison for burglaries

By Staff | Jan 26, 2012

Two Cape Coral men have been sentenced separately to prison for their involvement in multiple home burglaries in the city, according to police.

John Michael Coppertino, 33, of 901 S.E. 26th Terrace, was arrested in June for larceny grand theft, burglary of an unoccupied dwelling, dealing in stolen property and fraud false owner information pawned items $300 or more.

Authorities reported Thursday that Coppertino got 15 years in prison.

Trevor N. Turner, 30, of 1215 S.W. 53rd St., was arrested in May on drug charges, then confessed to several residential burglaries in the Cape. He was additionally booked for burglary, grand theft and dealing in stolen property.

On Thursday, Turner was sentenced to 12 years in prison, followed by five years of probation.

“Our officers, detectives and forensics personnel work very hard each and every day for victims of crime,” Lt. Tony Sizemore, spokesman for the Cape police, wrote in a prepared statement Thursday.

“Their missions to arrest the criminals is only half of the battle,” he continued. “Preparing solid cases and working with the prosecutors at the State Attorney’s Office ensures that the other half of the battle is won – securing convictions and putting criminals in prison.”

The two men were allegedly responsible for dozens of break-ins, stealing thousands of dollars in property, much of which was returned to the victims.