Cape Coral TV repair owner charged with grand theft, burglary
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CAPE CORAL - The owner of a Cape Coral television repair shop is behind bars accused of burglary and grand theft.
Mickey English wants his 73-inch flat-screen TV back.
"We were devastated because it wasn't our TV," said English. "It's our kids television."
English dropped off the TV for repair back in December. English says he paid the store's owner Ryan Glynn $300 cash.
"It's always been a cash only operation," said English. "Every time I went to them I always had to bring cash."
An empty store front and a for rent sign are all that's left of the TV Doctors repair shop on Cape Coral Parkway. After three months, without hearing from the owner, English drove by the shop.
"For some reason his phone was disconnected," said English. "So my wife and I took a drive by only to find out the place is completely emptied out."
English didn't file a police report. But Fox 4 discovered at least three other customers did reporting over $3,000 worth of missing TV sets with no response from Glynn.
According to the arrest report, officers were able to locate the TVs saying: "Probable cause exists that Ryan Glynn did knowingly and permanently deprive...all victims of their property."
Dennis Bertolo was Glynn's landlord. He says Glynn had trouble paying rent almost immediately and he was forced to kick him out in February, three months after opening.
"What happened to all the TVs that were in there?," asked Fox 4 reporter Matt Grant.
"He took them with him," said Bertolo.
"Did he say anything about getting those TVs back to the customers?," asked Grant.
"Yeah i mentioned it to him because people were calling me," said Bertolo. "And I said, 'You need to get in touch with these people,' and he says, 'Oh yeah no problem.'"
Fox 4 checked with the city and the state. Neither have a record of Glynn doing business at that location. A city spokeswoman says Glynn's business license expired in 2011 and it appears he was operating illegally.
The store's Web site is down and the phone number disconnected. They also have an "F" rating with the Better Business Bureau.
As for English, the next time he needs a TV repaired he says he won't have to go far.
"I should probably learn how to do it myself," said English. "You can get all kinds of manuals on Google these days."
Glynn is currently behind bars. The state attorney has charged him on unrelated counts of grand theft and burglary. A spokeswoman says there is not enough evidence that he stole the TVs.
Glynn's arraignment is scheduled for Monday.