Charlotte County Sheriff's detectives arrested a South Gulf Cove man after he allegedly burglarized the home of a woman now in the Charlotte County Jail.
Donald Robert Costa, 39, 10412 New Brunswick St., was charged with charged with burglary, grand theft, possession of Buprenorphine and drug paraphernalia. Costa remains in jail on no bond.
CCSO responded to a call at 2 p.m Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the 14000 block of Worthwhile Road in El Jobean of a burglary in progress. A witness told police a man was outside the home with several household items on the ground, including televisions, leather chairs and suitcases.
Donald Robert Costa
The neighbor called the inmate's son who lives a few houses away. The son confronted Costa, who reportedly said he was collecting belongings as he used to live there. The son said that was not true.
The man then said the mother owes him $800 and gave him permission to pawn items to bond her out of jail. Costa then got into a red car and drove off toward Englewood.
Deputies contacted the 41-year-old mother at the jail and she said she did not give anyone permission to enter or remove anything. She said Donald Costa never lived there. The woman was arrested Sep. 28 for Burglary, Grand Theft and Violation of Probation and remains in jail on no bond.
At 7:30 p.m. CCSO received a call from Port Charlotte Town Center Mall wanting a man trespassed due to bizarre behavior. When a deputy responded he arrested Costa and a search of his car reportedly turned up a pill bottle with 31 Buprenorphine pills, a schedule-3 narcotic with no prescription.