The accused getaway driver in a series of Subway burglaries in Lee County has been arrested.
Christopher Allen Tucker, 45, of the 400 block of Southeast 10th Avenue, was charged with three counts each of burglary and petty theft and two counts of criminal mischief.
Lee County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested him Thursday afternoon at home.
They previously arrested Casey Elizabeth Long, 33, and Damion Scott “Pup” Stafford, 30, both of the 1800 block of Lavonia Lane, North Fort Myers. They were booked early Monday into Lee County Jail. Each faces a felony count of child neglect, seven petty theft charges and six counts of criminal mischief. Long faces 12 burglary counts. Stafford additionally faces two counts of possession of burglary tools with the intent to use them and 14 counts of burglary.
Investigators say the pair left their 23-month-old toddler home alone during the crime spree.
NBC-2 reported that Long worked for Subway for four years.
The voluminous records in the case show that on Feb. 9 a tipster called and said the couple was responsible for the burglaries. Deputies began surveillance of the couple’s house on Feb. 10 and it paid off at 11:40 p.m. Jan. 13.
Detectives set up a stakeout and observed the couple trying to break into Nail 2001 in the Weaver’s Square shopping center in North Fort Myers on Sunday, according to Sheriff’s Office reports. The undercover detectives said they observed Long trying to pry the front door of the business open and then Stafford eventually threw a rock through the window portion of the door and then opened it.
They were arrested at the scene.
Tucker was developed as a suspect and “provided transportation, drove and had full knowledge” the couple was damaging the front door of the Subway at 16450 U.S. 41 South in Fort Myers, according to the report. He also was charged in connection with the burglary at 18990 U.S. 41 South in San Carlos Park and 1316 Homestead Road in Lehigh Acres.
The investigation continues and it’s not clear whether the trio are suspects in a similar Collier County burglary.
The Lee County burglaries began in January and continued up until the couple was arrested.
After the couple was taken into custody, Long told deputies her son, who will be 2 years old in March, was at their home alone. She gave deputies permission to go to the home and gave them the keys. Deputies found the boy asleep. He did not show any signs of distress. After Florida Department of Children and Family Services investigated, the boy was given to his grandparents, Susan and Matthew Bunch, reports show.
While deputies were at the house, they saw a sheet of yellow paper on a dresser with “Subway” written on top. Below that was a list of addresses, some of which were scratched through.
Deputies secured a search warrant and found a hammer “which was used to break the glass.” Long told deputies the hammer was used to enter the Subways and was in the laundry room at their house.