GROVE CITY — Charlotte County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a home burglar Wednesday thanks to an alert neighbor who watches the Grove City home while the owners are out of state. Charged with burglary was Joshua Kane Merrill, 26, of the 10400 block of Tamiami Trail, North Port. CCSO received a call from the neighbor at 3:23 a.m. after he heard a “thump” sound, got up, looked out, and saw a man standing inside his neighbor’s garage in the 2200 block of Oleada Court. The neighbor said he got a good look at the man as the garage light was on. When deputies arrived they saw a man running and a foot pursuit ensued into a wooded area. The subject was located and taken into custody at 4:01 a.m. The neighbor positively identified Merrill as the man he saw in the garage.
Detectives were called to investigate the burglary and found a side garage door window was smashed; however, Merrill denied entering the garage. Nothing at this time has been reported stolen as the owners are still in Indiana. Merrill was transported to the Charlotte County Jail and charged with burglary to a dwelling. He remains in jail on $2,500 bond.
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