Neighbors alert Cape police to burglary
FOX 4 Staff
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Cape Coral police arrested two burglary suspects thanks to some alert neighbors.
25-year-old Michael Anthony Fahey and 24-year-old Michael Shannon Applegate face charges of burglary and grand theft.
Wednesday at 2 p.m. an alert group of residents called police to report that they had just witnessed a burglary and even provided a vehicle description.
The witnesses watched a white male run through the front yard of a home in the 900 block of SE 33rd Terrace holding a pillowcase. The suspect jumped into the passenger side of a silver pickup truck. The truck fled the area, but not before the witnesses noted the color, make and a partial tag number.
Officers went to the home and found a burglary that had occurred. The rear slider door was open and it was apparent that crime had been committed.
A pillowcase was missing from one of the pillows as well. Detectives had been investigating similar burglaries in the area and had previously developed Fahey as a suspect in the crimes. Fahey has a truck that resembles the one described by the witness.
Detectives responded to Fahey’s listed address to make contact with him. A truck matching the description of the one seen leaving the crime scene was at Fahey’s El Dorado Parkway home.
Two white males were seen leaving in the truck so officers conducted a traffic stop. Fahey and Applegate were in the truck. The witnesses were brought to the scene of the traffic stop and positively identified the truck as well as Fahey and Applegate as the men seen at the break in.
Detectives responded to the home of Fahey’s girlfriend and located a pillowcase in the trash can. Inside of the pillowcase was a prescription pill bottle with the name of the burglary victim on the label.
Both Applegate and Fahey were transported to the Lee County Jail on burglary and theft charges.