UPDATE: Suspects charged with additional counts
Jordan Lorenders Via, 30, of 3885 Sugarcreek Drive, Lexington, Kentucky, was later charged with an additional count of burglary unoccupied dwelling unarmed. He has since been released from the Lee County Jail on $20,000 bond.
Joseph Aquino, 30, of 9170 S.E. 110th St., Belleview, was later charged with an additional count of burglary dwelling structure or conveyance armed. He has since been released from jail on $30,000 bond.
ORIGINAL (June 7, 2018):
Two people are facing charges after being caught allegedly prowling at an island home.
Today, Sanibel police responded at 4:42 a.m. to the residence, at 1710 Dixie Beach Blvd. The homeowner had called the SPD and reported that he was alerted by his video doorbell about two men who were trying to enter his home. The homeowner added that he was watching them on camera.
Upon arrival, officers observed a Volkswagon parked across the street on Dixie.
According to a report, they located Jordan Lorenders Via, 30, of 3885 Sugarcreek Drive, Lexington, Kentucky, hiding on the passenger side of the vehicle. Joseph Aquino, 30, of 9170 S.E. 110th St., Belleview, was located in the front yard of the home. Both men were detained and searched.
Police reported that the video doorbell, which has been taken off of the residence, was found in Via’s pocket. A loaded Smith and Wesson Shield 9 mm was found on Aquino. He did not have any identification or Florida Concealed Carry card on him.
Neither of the men could provide a reason for being on the property.
Via was arrested and charged with loitering or prowling, larceny petit theft $100 less $300 and damage property criminal mischief $200 and under. He remains in the Lee County Jail on $3,000 bond.
Aquino was arrested and charged with loitering or prowling. He remains in jail on $750 bond.
Both men have a court appearance scheduled for June 26.
“These apprehensions are an excellent example of the positive relationship the Sanibel Police Department has with the community,” Police Chief William Dalton said. “Working in partnership with the homeowner, officers were able to locate and apprehend the suspects quickly before they were able to enter the residence.”
“All citizens are reminded that they are the front line defense against criminal activity,” he added. “We ask our residents and business owners to never hesitate to alert us to suspicious activity.”