Lengthy Investigation Leads to Marijuana Grow House Operation

Lengthy Investigation Leads to Marijuana Grow House Operation

On April 29th, 2022, Cape Coral Police Department’s Vice Investigations and Narcotics Unit (VIN) served a search warrant at 1316 Diplomat Parkway West. After a lengthy and complex investigation Detectives located an extensive illegal marijuana grow operation in eight of the rooms inside of the residence.

In total, 86 plants with root systems and 216 clones that had yet to develop roots were located. Currently, the weight of the marijuana plants was 283.6 lbs.

The suspect identified as Walter Pereida Flores (W/M 05-11-1981) claimed ownership of the operation to include all the plants, equipment, and construction of the electrical wiring and piping used.

Mr. Pereida Flores was charged with the following:

  • Marijuana-Trafficking or Manufacturing in Excess of 25lbs or 300 Plants F.S.S. 893.135(1)(a).
  • Own/ Rent Structure for Trafficking or Manufacturing a Controlled Substance F.S.S. 893.135(1)(a).
Knife-Wielding Robber Caught

Knife-Wielding Robber Caught

On April 28th, 2022, at 9:26 p.m. Cape Coral Police officers responded to a call for service in reference to a robbery in progress at 924 NE Pine Island Road (Dollar General) where a male later identified to be the suspect brandished a large red in color knife and demanded money from the store clerk before exiting the store then fleeing the parking lot in a vehicle.

On April 29th, 2022, at 2:41 p.m. Cape Coral Police officers responded to a call for service in reference to a robbery in progress again at 924 NE Pine Island Road (Dollar General) where a male later identified to be the suspect, who also matched the same description from the previous night, brandished a red in color knife and demanded money from the store clerk before leaving in the same type of vehicle as described in the previous incident.

Cape Coral Police officers arrived on the scene and through investigation were able to determine this male was the same suspect from the previous incident. A comprehensive BOLO was provided and responding officers flooded the area.

An officer located a vehicle matching the same description close to the crime scene, this vehicle was the suspected vehicle in the robbery that had just occurred. A traffic stop was initiated, and the driver was identified as Roberto Borges (W/M DOB: 06-17-1969, 40 Northeast 9th Ave). Mr. Borges had a yellow plastic bag on his front seat like the Dollar General plastic bag where the victim had placed the money into before he left the store. A red in color knife was also located wedged near the front seats. The victim positively identified Mr. Borges as the person who committed these crimes on both days.

ARRESTED: Roberto Borges (W/M DOB: 06-17-1969, 40 Northeast 9th Ave).

CHARGES:

  • Robbery F.S.S. 812.13(2)(a) Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon F.S.S. 784.021(1)(a) / (22-010000).
  • Robbery F.S.S. 812.13(2)(a) Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon F.S.S. 784.021(1)(a) / (22-010046).
Surveillance video footage captures Mr. Borges on April 28th, 2022.
Cape Coral Police Department Promotes Bike Safety

Cape Coral Police Department Promotes Bike Safety

Cape Coral residents are increasingly riding bicycles to commute, for exercise, or just for fun. Cape Coral Police Department wants to remind everyone that, by law, bicycles on the roadway have the same rights and responsibilities as motorized vehicles; people’s choices, whether they are on two wheels or four, can affect the lives of those around them.

Lee County ranks in the top 25 counties in Florida for traffic crashes resulting in serious and fatal injuries to pedestrians and bicyclists. Cape Coral Police Department wants to remind you of the following safety tips to help save a life.

For drivers:

  • Look for bicyclists everywhere. Cyclists may not be riding where they should be or may be hard to see—especially in poorly lit conditions, including dusk/dawn/night and in poor weather.
  • Yield to bicyclists as you would motorists and do not underestimate their speed. Avoid turning in front of a bicyclist who is traveling on the road or sidewalk, often at an intersection or driveway.
  • In parking lots, at stop signs, when backing up, or when parking, search your surroundings for other vehicles, including bicycles.
  • Motorists turning right on red should look to the right and behind to avoid hitting a bicyclist approaching from the right rear. Stop completely and look left-right-left and behind before turning right on red.
  • Obey the speed limit, reduce speed for road conditions, and drive defensively to avoid a crash with a cyclist.

For bicyclists:

  • Drive with the flow, in the same direction as traffic.
  • Obey street signs, signals, and road markings, just like a car.
  • Assume the other person doesn’t see you; look ahead for hazards or situations to avoid that may cause you to fall—like toys, pebbles, potholes, grates, or train tracks.
  • No texting, listening to music, or using anything that distracts you by taking your eyes and ears or your mind off the road and traffic.
  • Wear equipment to protect you and make you more visible to others, like a bike helmet,
  • bright clothing (during the day), reflective gear, and a white front light and red rear light and reflectors on your bike (at night, or when visibility is poor).

This is part of Cape Coral Police Department’s participation in the Florida Department of Transportation’s High Visibility Enforcement (HVE) Program aimed at educating motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians on Florida’s traffic laws to improve safety on our city’s roads. Additional information about pedestrian and bicycle safety is available at www.alerttodayflorida.com.

Cape Coral Police Volunteer Unit Needs You

Cape Coral Police Volunteer Unit Needs You

The Cape Coral Police Volunteer Unit (PVU) is now accepting applications for its upcoming academy class for those interested in becoming a member of the Cape Coral Police Department Police Volunteer Unit. 

The Cape Coral Police Volunteer Unit academy runs from July 18th-22nd, 2022, from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  This academy is a fun and informative combination of classroom, lecture, and practical exercises that prepare new volunteers to hit the streets.  Recruits will learn the basics of police procedures, how to operate department vehicles and equipment, direct traffic, communicate on our radios, and more.

Upon successful completion of PVU academy class, the applicant will be assigned a road trainer and followed by a supervisor road test.  All other information will be provided during the oral interview. Applicants must have a valid Florida driver’s license, be a Lee Country resident, and be at least 21 years old.  Applications are available for pickup at the Police Department information desk Monday – Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

The Cape Coral Police Department has an incredibly active and vibrant Police Volunteer Unit. From administrative tasks at Police Headquarters to checking vacant homes for vacationing residents, to helping patrol the roads and waterways of Cape Coral, our Police Volunteer Unit is busy giving back to the community and helping to make Cape Coral a safe place to live, work, and play. The Cape Coral Police Department Police Volunteer Unit provides over $1 million/year in in-kind services every year!

If you have some time, and an interest in both giving back to your community and becoming part of a world-class law enforcement agency, the Cape Coral Police Department Police Volunteer Unit is for you!  Download the application at the link below, fill it out and drop it off at the Cape Coral Police Department.  Application deadline is June 24th, 2022. 

For more information, contact the Police Volunteer Unit at (239) 242-3346.

From Under the Sheets to Behind Bars

From Under the Sheets to Behind Bars

On April 21st, 2022, Cape Coral Police officers responded to a call for service in reference to a disturbance where a male suspect, identified as Christian Matthew Kimbrough (W/M, DOB: 6/3/2003, 313 Southwest 29th Street,) was caught in the bed of a child.

Mr. Kimbrough was hiding under the sheets in this child’s bedroom, who was later determined to be the victim. Cape Coral Police officers arrived on the scene and located Mr. Kimbrough as described in the bedroom of the child.

It was determined that Mr. Kimbrough rode his bicycle to the child’s house and climbed through the bedroom window while the child was asleep. After climbing inside, the incident took place. Through the investigation, it was determined Mr. Kimbrough had full knowledge of the child’s age and they first met through Snapchat approximately a month prior to the incident occurring.

Mr. Kimbrough was charged with Lewd or Lascivious Battery (Victim 12-16 years old) F.S.S. 800.04(4)(a)(1).

Mr. Kimbrough was later transported to the Lee County Jail.

CCPD Officer Receives Chief’s Special Recognition Award

CCPD Officer Receives Chief’s Special Recognition Award

Please join us in congratulating CCPD Master Corporal SRO Nicholas Slover on receiving the Chief’s Special Recognition Award, one of the Cape Coral Police Department’s highest honors.

From SRO Joe Zalenski’s nomination:

Serving as a fellow Honor Guard team leader, I have had a front-row seat to the effort, care, and detail SRO Slover puts into his work.

Recently this agency has endured the loss of recently retired officers. SRO Slover has extensive experience in representing our agency for more than 10 years at many LODD funerals nationwide. He brings that experience and knowledge of protocol and solemn pageantry home with him and ensures our agency formally, but also focuses intently on the recognition and respect befitting our departed officers. His ability to convey the agency’s appreciation and sense of loss by directing the Honor Guard brings comfort to those grieving and ensures those loved ones know the CCPD grieves with them, most recently at the funerals of Captain Urarro and Officer Post.

When Chief Sizemore prioritized the CCPD Honor Guard, SRO Slover took it to heart and made sure that departed members would be properly represented and honored. He has taken upon himself the responsibility of making each funeral detail as perfect as possible to bring credit to the agency, the Honor Guard, and most importantly the service and sacrifice of our departed members.

For this reason, SRO Slover received the Chief’s Special Recognition Award from Chief Anthony Sizemore.

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