Cape Coral police detectives have arrested a serial burglar and have linked him to dozens of burglaries, grand thefts and fraudulent pawn transactions, according to officials.
On Nov. 21, detectives charged Michael Scott Spees, 43, of 1005 N.E. Eighth Terrace, with the first set of crimes and in the following days tied him to numerous other home break-ins. In total, Spees is charged with 14 counts of burglary, 13 counts of grand theft, six counts of criminal mischief and false information to a pawnbroker.
"Spees was recently released from prison and thanks to outstanding police work by our detectives, he should be on his way back for a long time," Lt. Tony Sizemore, spokesman for the Cape police, said Wednesday.
Michael Scott Spees
In other news
- In March, Cape police charged Ashley Elaine Winters, 27, of 1272 Laurel Lane, North Fort Myers, with burglary and grand theft. Detectives developed probable cause for her arrest for a break-in on Northwest 25th Avenue. A detective with the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force tracked Winters to a motel in Fort Myers and arrested her.
On Tuesday, she was sentenced to more than eight years in prison and is now designated as a career criminal habitual felony offender and a prison re-release offender.
- In April, Cape police charged Brett Alan Jabaay, 30, of 11477 Stringfellow Road, Bokeelia, with burglary and grand theft. He was no stranger to law enforcement and had been arrested for similar crimes in the past.
On Tuesday, Jabaay was sentenced to more than seven years in prison, with a career criminal designation of habitual offender.
Source: Cape Coral Police Department