MUGSHOT: 2 brothers accused of stealing air conditioner, neighbor tips off deputies

Ethan Ormston

Lee County Sheriff's Office

Ethan Ormston

Aaron Ormston

Lee County Sheriff's Office

Aaron Ormston

— An alert neighbor help deputies catch two brothers who are accused of stealing an air conditioner in Bonita Springs.

Ethan Ormston, 21, and Aaron Ormston, 19, living on the 19000 block of Murcott Drive in San Carlos Park, were arrested Thursday by Lee Deputies at the Sheriff’s Office in Bonita Springs, are both facing charges of grand theft. They are accused of taking a Ruud air conditioner valued at $2,000.00. During the theft the unit was destroyed.

According to deputies reports, a witness saw a maroon car driving down Hamlin Road with the headlights off around 2:30 p.m. The vehicle pulled into a driveway.

A young man got out, went behind the house and started dragging pieces of an air conditioning unit towards the road. The witness says the driver then noticed her walking her dog. They waited for her to pass and proceeded to load the unit into the back seat and drive off.

The woman says she followed them and notified law enforcement.

Deputies arrived at the boys’ home and spotted a maroon Chevy Lumina parked along the road. In plain view they observed the air conditioning unit in the back seat. It had been taken apart and folded to fit in the vehicle. The copper connections appeared to be freshly cut, according to reports.

Deputies say they knocked on the door and Ethan and Aaron Ormstron stepped outside to speak with them without incident.

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