Cape Coral police have arrested two juveniles in connection to dozens of vehicle burglaries and two arson cases.
Damian Bennett and Matthew Dziadul, both 17, were arrested and charged early Monday morning.
Detectives have been piecing together numerous vehicle burglaries over the last month and investigating two vehicles that were set on fire. Detectives found a link in the crimes and believed that they were being committed by the same individual or small group of individuals, according to officials.
Investigators shared their intelligence on the suspects with patrol officers and officers began to look for the suspects in the areas that had been hit. Officers especially looked in the early morning hours - after midnight, before sunrise - for the suspects.
At approximately 3:45 a.m. Monday, officers received a call about a car alarm activation. The car's owner reported that he heard his alarm going off and when he went to investigate, he discovered that someone had broken into it.
A short time later, officers saw two people running in the area. After a brief foot chase, the two were apprehended and identified as Bennett and Dziadul.
During an interview, they admitted to committing dozens of burglaries over the past month, officials reported.
"This is an example of the intelligence based policing model that we subscribe to," Lt. Tony Sizemore, spokesman for the CCPD, said in a prepared statement. "Our patrol officers do not take the shotgun approach and simply drive around; we share information between our crime analysts, detectives and other patrol officers. We then use that information to devise organized patrols in an effort to catch criminals and keep the city safe."
"Armed with this shared intelligence on the burglary suspects, our officers were in the right place at the right time to make an arrest and clear many cases," he said. "This doesn't happen by accident. The other essential component of this capture is the alert citizen who called Cape Coral police without delay."