An alert citizen and a robust police response resulted in the arrest of two (2) vehicle burglars.
On October 4th, 2021 at around 8:40 a.m, Cape Coral Police Patrol officers responded to a vehicle burglary in progress in the 2800 block of SW 25th Place.
The victim stated he was sitting on a bench by his front door and saw a juvenile in front of his home. He called out to ask what the youth was doing and heard his van door slam from his driveway. A second juvenile fled from the van, and both juveniles ran from the residence.
The victim followed the juveniles (identified as Matthew Sorge, W/M, DOB: 2-15-05 and Jadon Ruccione, W/M, DOB: 4-25-06) in his van and asked what they had stolen from his vehicle. Sorge removed a folding knife from his pocket and brandished it at the victim through his open van window.
CCPD Patrol and K-9 officers had established a perimeter around the neighborhood, and a search within the perimeter located the pair hiding on a dock behind a home under construction.
Ruccione was taken into custody without incident; Sorge jumped into the canal and attempted to swim to freedom, instead swimming directly to a waiting CCPD perimeter unit and a pair of handcuffs.
The investigation revealed that both had been attempting several vehicles in the area looking for unlocked vehicles. Both Sorge and Ruccione were charged with burglary of a conveyance, with Sorge additionally charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, all felony charges. They were transported to the Juvenile Assessment Center.
***NO MUGSHOTS AVAILABLE***
ARRESTED: Matthew Bryan Sorge, W/M, DOB: 2-15-05, of Cape Coral FL.
CHARGES: Burglary of Conveyance, Aggravated Assault With Deadly Weapon
ARRESTED: Jadon Ruccione, W/M, DOB: 4-25-06, of Cape Coral FL.
CHARGES: Burglary of Conveyance
The Cape Coral Police Department reminds everyone to “Lock It or Lose It.”
Vehicle burglars overwhelmingly select unlocked vehicles that can be entered and exited quickly and quietly. Do not leave valuables or firearms in any vehicle.