West District Serial Burglar Caught with the Goods
Thursday, September 28, 2017
Responding to a call for service regarding a potentially stolen vehicle, Lee County Sheriff’s Office deputies, along with K-9 partner, Kilo, arrived at 20291 Summerlin Road, just west of John Morris Road. Deputies were on scene at approximately 10:54 pm on September 26th when they initially encountered a confirmed-stolen Fiat 500.
Utilizing K-9 tracking, deputies were directed to a rear door of Unit 105 within a short distance of the vehicle.
Deputies observed what appeared to be fresh pry marks near the door lock and Kilo began to bark as an indication of human odor/presence. Upon entering the unit, Lee County Sheriff’s Office deputies encountered Gabriel Bowling (W/M DOB 05/15/1976) and a stockpile of items previously reported as stolen.
Bowling had been designated as a person of interest, by West District detectives, in regard to recent local burglaries.
Upon obtaining consent to search from the unit owner, LCSO staff located personal belongings from recent burglaries including, but not limited to, mail, bank statements, a television, fishing equipment, multiple bicycles, power tools and beach carts. Additionally, an inflated air mattress and personal hygiene products were found which appeared to indicate that Bowling had been living in the unit for a short period of time.
Gabriel Bowling was arrested and charged with Burglary of an Unoccupied Structure Unarmed. Additional charges are pending.