Around 3 p.m., police were called by a neighbor who reported seeing a man wearing a black hoodie and tan pants breaking and entering through a window of a home in the 200 block of SE 45th Terrace.
The neighbor watched as the man left the residence running north with a black box. Other callers also reported the suspect fleeing over fences and through yards.
Officers caught a suspect matching the description, identified as Cole Manns, 20, of Cape Coral.
Officers also retrieved a pill bottle with the address of the burglarized home that Manns had been seen throwing into a canal. Manns was in possession of four pills which he had no prescription for.
Manns was charged with unoccupied burglary of a dwelling, grand theft, criminal mischief, and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. He remains in custody at the Lee County Jail on $20,750 bond and will be arraigned March 12.
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The incident happened Friday morning at the intersection of Cultural Park Boulevard and Hancock Bridge Parkway, as Eliezer Serrano was on his way to work. A woman in a pickup truck made a left turn onto Hancock Bridge Parkway, as Serrano was going north. He was going through a green light on Cultural Park Boulevard.
Serrano was thrown off his bike. The impact was so great, his helmet split open. Now he has a broken nose, several fractures in his face as well as other broken bones, and bruises. His motorcycle was also totaled. "I've seen a lot of my friends go down. I've seen a lot of my friends die. 23 years of driving a motorcycle and I just never thought it would happen to me," he said. "The only thing I remember is lights from a silver pickup turning in behind the vehicles in front of me, and cut me off in traffic. If I didn't have the helmet on, I would've been dead."
Serrano does not think he'll ever get on a bike again. He believes drivers in Florida do not respect motorcycles. He said now that season is underway in Cape Coral, he is seeing more accidents every day. "It's like everybody is in a rush because people are taking their time looking around. The people that are normally running around, they want to get around those people from up north."
Serrano told 4 In Your Corner there is no excuse for the reckless driving, and wants people to plan ahead and slow down. "Everyone knows this happens every year," he said.
According to Cape Coral Police, accidents in busy intersections in the Cape, like Hancock Bridge Parkway and Cultural Park Boulevard, happen 1 to 2 times a week. That is 50 to 100 crashes a year, requiring them to do constant traffic enforcement at several city intersections.
The woman involved in the crash was found to be at fault. She was cited for a moving traffic violation.