MARCO ISLAND — Six vehicles were burglarized on Marco Friday night into early Saturday morning and a trail of strewn items may soon lead Marco Island investigators to the perpetrator of the seemingly related crimes.
Marco Island Police Detective Linda Guerrero said the crimes are still being investigated, but do seem to be related.
Six vehicles were burglarized in about a three to four block radius.
“All the vehicles were unlocked, which is unfortunate,” Guerrero said.
Police found several of the stolen items in the swales near where the burglaries had occurred and fingerprints were recovered from some of those items.
She said it may take a few weeks before it is known whether the prints lifted from those items will come up with a match in the criminal databases.
While investigating each additional report of vehicle burglary Saturday morning, police frequently found items from other burglaries, in some instances, contacting the owners before they even knew they were burglarized, Guerrero said.
“We found vehicle registrations and insurance and contacted the owners,” she added.
But that’s not all police ran into while investigating the burglaries. While officers were investigating a vehicle burglary at 156 Leland Way at about 10:15 a.m. Saturday, they smelled marijuana, which led to charges against Dianna Kay Myers, 51, while she was at home. She was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Christopher Hoef was among the victims and had about $300 worth of items stolen from his vehicle at 132 Marco Villa St. some time between 10:30 p.m., Friday and 8 a.m., Saturday. While conducting the investigation at Marco Villas condominiums, police recovered items from another vehicle, which had been burglarized at 114 Clyburn St.
Police also later discovered the items stolen from Hoef strewn on the ground nearby and returned them to him.
Paul Ubertaccio’s unlocked vehicle at 190 Leland Way had about $300 worth of items stolen from it after midnight Friday.
Ubertaccio’s neighbors at 191 Leland Way had sunglasses stolen from their vehicle and the sunglasses were recovered in the grass near the roadway.
A GPS was also stolen from a vehicle at 1195 Whiteheart Court during approximately the same time frame.
“Of all six burglaries, only two still have items not recovered,” Guerrero said.