Charlotte Sun (Port Charlotte, FL) – Tuesday, June 18, 2013
PUNTA GORDA — A man who had recently been released from Charlotte County Jail showed up at his former residence with an ax and demanded the current tenants leave, according to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office.
One of the victims told authorities he was asleep on his couch at his home on the 27300 block of Aloha Drive around 6 a.m. Saturday when he was awakened by a loud banging on the front door. He said the door ‘busted open’ and a man stood there with a lumber ax. The suspect, later identified as Maclain Ray Brement, 27, had a black chow dog at his side, the report stated.
Brement, who is listed as living at the Aloha Drive address on the CCSO website, demanded both occupants get out of his house while holding the ax in a threatening manner, according to the report. The victims told authorities there were no other exits. Brement eventually left.
One of the victims told authorities Brement had been in jail for a few weeks and had lived at the residence prior to his incarceration. Brement was adjudicated guilty of petty theft May 10, court records show.
Deputies located Brement on Sunday. He was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill. He was taken to Charlotte County Jail, where he remains on $50,000 bond.
Four arrested in connection with boat thefts
PORT CHARLOTTE — Four teens were arrested over the weekend in connection with three boat thefts that occurred on the 700 block of Ellicot Circle on Friday night, according to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office.
Patrick Howell Cairns, 18, 21900 block of Haines Ave., Matthew Francis Becker, 18, 300 block of Springlake Blvd., Kenneth Wade Harbin, 18, 2500 block of Linton Lane, and Kamil Jan Kozik, 17, 1300 block of Karin Terrace, all of Port Charlotte, were each charged with grand theft and two counts of grand theft of a motor vehicle after authorities said they stole two boats from area docks and one from a boat lift nearby, according to the report.
On Saturday morning, CCSO deputies responded to three reports of boat thefts in the same area. The missing vessels included a 14-foot Lowe aluminum Jon boat, a 14-foot Myers V-hull boat and a 9-foot Jon boat, all taken from homes on Ellicott Circle. Two of the boats were equipped with outboard motors and a variety of fishing and safety gear aboard, the record shows.
The CCSO marine unit searched the area the next morning and spotted the 14-foot Lowe boat tied up to a dock behind Becker’s residence, with a different outboard motor attached to the stern, the report states.
Becker, Kozik and Harbin were standing outside near the boat, according to the report.
The marine unit found the 14-foot Myers boat on a nearby island. The suspects had allegedly switched out the motors on the two boats, the record shows.
Both boats were towed to Spring Lake Park boat ramp and identified by their owners, according to the report.
CCSO deputies found the 9-foot Jon boat leaning against Harbin’s home later the same day.
Becker, Harbin and Cairns were taken to the Charlotte County Jail, where they were each released on $7,500 bond. Kozik was released to the custody of an adult.
Report: Three stole appliances outside store
PORT CHARLOTTE — Two men and a woman were arrested Monday morning after a business owner caught them taking used appliances from his parking lot, according to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office.
Keith Joseph Carmello, 44, Tiffany Marie Carmello, 26, and Joseph John Ventre, 28, all of the 3500 block of Pinetree Street in Port Charlotte, each face a charge of grand theft. Keith Carmello and Ventre both face an additional charge of violation of probation.
Around 9 p.m. Sunday, the owner of A+ Action Appliance, 2600 block of Tamiami Trail, told authorities he saw a vehicle in the parking lot of his business after hours. The owner pulled up behind Tiffany, Keith and Ventre, who were loading used appliances from an unenclosed storage space onto a trailer, according to the report.
The three suspects apologized and started unloading the appliances, but the owner reported the incident to the CCSO, according to sheriff’s spokeswoman Debbie Bowe.
Surveillance footage showed the suspects made two trips, the first around 8:15 p.m., in which two refrigerators, two microwaves and a dryer were taken, a report stated. They reportedly came back with a different trailer and loaded more items. The total value of the items was $600, the owner told authorities.
The business owner told detectives he wanted the suspects charged. Keith Carmello told authorities the first trailer of items was in his front yard, a report stated.
All three were arrested and taken to Charlotte County Jail. Tiffany Carmello was released on $5,000 bond. Keith Carmello and Ventre were each held on $5,000 bond.