An island man was arrested by local deputies recently, after being charged with the burglary of a Gasparilla Island home and damage to property. According to reports issued by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, the complainant called on Saturday, June 4 to report a burglary in the 4000 block of Shore Lane.
Upon arrival, the deputy was told by the complainant that during the day someone had entered her residence by removing the deadbolt from her door. The door was also damaged. According to reports, the complainant went upstairs after seeing the damaged door and saw that the doors to her jewelry box were open and four trays of jewelry were missing. She also found boxes containing other jewelry missing.
In all, the complainant advised she was missing more than $14,000 worth jewelry. Later in the day, another island deputy located island resident Jeffrey Edward Snapp, 54, in a golf cart on the Bike Path and spoke with him. According to reports the deputy saw a bag on the floorboard of the cart and asked what was inside. Snapp told him it was fish guts, then started to quickly show him the contents. The deputy saw a flash of gold inside the bag, and asked Snapp to further unwrap the contents. When he did, the stolen jewelry was found.
Snapp was detained, then transported to the North District Substation in North Fort Myers to be interviewed by detectives. Snapp was charged with unoccupied burglary – unarmed, grand theft and damage to property.
The jewelry was returned to the rightful owner. Snapp has prior arrests for burglary and theft, as well as drug offenses and probation violation.
He currently remains in custody in the Lee County Jail.