Police make arrest in burglary investigation

Steve Stefanides

Marco Island Police announced the arrest of Jerry Currie, 31, of Naples in connection with an ongoing investigation of a number of burglaries on Marco Island.

The Marco investigation was in conjunction with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office and their earlier arrest of Currie in connection with other burglaries in the county.

“Inter-agency cooperation and hard work by our personnel and those of the sheriff’s office have really made the difference here,” said Al Schettino, Marco’s police chief, in comments Friday evening.

Curry has been incarcerated at the Collier County Jail since early December on charges related to another off-island burglary and subsequent arrest by the Collier sheriff’s office.

Marco police continue to investigate that string of burglaries and anticipate additional arrests and charges.

Daylight hours

Police in November were investigating 11 burglaries that had occurred between Oct. 5 and Nov. 15, according to a memo from Shettino to members of the Marco Island City Council.

The burglaries took place during daylight hours and nearly all involved forced entry of unoccupied homes through a standard or sliding glass door, the chief said.

The incidents were in the following areas:

• 100 block of South Beach Drive.

• 500 block of Nassau Road.

• 700 block of Planation Court.

• 800 block of Elm Court.

• 600 block of Bald Eagle Drive.

• 1200 block of Fruitland Ave.

• 1200 block of Apricot Ave.

• 1300 block of Jamaica Road.

• 1800 block of Granada Drive, (2).

• 1800 block of Dogwood Drive.

“The City Manager authorized Marco police to add a third detective (Joe Mack) to assist in investigating these cases,” said Shettino. “The manager also supported my decision to increase routine community service activities to generate additional police presence and increased patrols (both uniform and plainclothes) in the affected areas.”

Shettino also said Marco police “developed evidence in the form of fingerprints, as well as electronic signals associated with handheld electronic devices. This evidence has led us to continue the investigations in the Naples Manor section of Naples and College Park area of Fort Myers.”

In a memo, Shettino said as a result of these efforts, several leads on suspects had been developed.

“We continue to investigate these adult and juvenile suspects while we probe the possibility of additional suspects,” said Shettino. “Additionally, the department has been in constant contact with our allied law enforcement agencies and will continue to utilize state and federal criminal justice databases in a coordinated effort to identify those responsible for these incidents.”