A Florida man pulled the biggest heist of his career but unwittingly left behind his prescription pill bottle at the crime scene.
On May 2nd, 2022, Cape Coral Police officers responded to a call for service about a burglary and criminal mischief at 200-Block SE 26th Street.
Once on the scene, officers met with the property owner, who reported the glass to the rear French doors of the residence was damaged, and it appeared someone had made entry.
Inside the residence, officers observed a “disarray” and the suspect left behind numerous high-value items.
Included with these items was a pill bottle that belonged to a male identified as 58-year-old Samuel Blake Sroufe.
Cape Coral Police Department’s Property Crimes Unit responded and collected multiple latent fingerprints from the crime scene and records were able to confirm a positive match for Samuel Blake Sroufe.
Contact was made with Sroufe, who was located in the vicinity on May 4th, 2022, and was subsequently detained and transported to Cape Coral Police Department, where he was interviewed.
Mr. Sroufe confirmed he broke into the residence because he is currently a vagrant. He stated he broke into the unoccupied residence because he had nowhere to stay.
Sroufe confirmed the items inside were his, and he forced entry into the rear French doors to gain access to the residence.
Investigators say that Sroufe also had an active Felony Original Warrant out of Lee County Sheriff’s Office for Arson.
Sroufe was charged with the following:
- Criminal Mischief over $200.00 under $1000.00 F.S.S. 806.13(1)(b)(2).
- Burglary of a Dwelling-Unoccupied/Unarmed F.S.S. 810.02(3)(b).