3 Port Charlotte residents arrested for stealing appliances
FOX 4 Staff
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Three Port Charlotte residents were arrested early this morning after getting caught by the owner of an appliance business stealing items Sunday night.
Detectives arrested Keith Joseph Carmello, 44, Tiffany Marie Carmello, 26, and Joseph John Ventre on charges of grand theft. Both men are also charged with violating their probation.
Sunday night the owner of A+ Action Appliance called the Sheriff's Office because he found a strange vehicle in the parking lot of his closed business. When he stopped to check, he found the trio loading appliances into a truck and trailer. As soon as he confronted them, they apologized and began unloading the appliances back into the parking lot.
Detectives reviewed the store video and found it was their second trip to the store. The three had taken two refrigerators, two microwaves and a dryer earlier.