NAPLES PARK FL Dec 12 2016
Collier County deputies raided a Naples Park house they say was loaded with stolen goods, including a police officer's wallet badge. Only NBC2 was there with deputies who had their hands full taking away evidence.
The front door of a home on 108th Avenue was busted open on Friday as deputies brought shopping bags full of evidence outside. They even confiscated a kayak.
"Really scared. You know, we want to make sure that our belongings are protected," said neighbor Jessica Woods.
Deputies say Nineteen-year-old security guard Daniel Ortiz was arrested at the home he lives at with his mother. He was charged with two counts of breaking into cars, grand theft, petit theft, and using stolen credit cards.
"I can't believe that," Woods said.
NBC2 has learned this isn't the first time the teen has been behind bars. In July, Oritz was arrested for carrying a concealed firearm and criminal mischief.
"It was surprising. You don't see SWAT teams and stuff here," said witness Anthony Ryals. "You don't hear about that stuff over here."
Thus far, all of the victims live just on the other side of Vanderbilt Drive where some of the more expensive properties are.
What led to the raid?
According to Saturday's arrest reports, he's facing multiple charges all stemming from stealing wallets.
What led to the Naples Park home raid was a June 2016 report of a burglary where an alligator wallet, ID, credit cards, and $300 in cash were stolen.
The victim also said that since the theft, the stolen cards had been used online, and according to the banks, the transactions came from the Playstation Network where he bought multiple video games online.
After hearing from the banks, the online gaming system company in September, and the internet provider in November, Collier deputies traced the transactions from the stolen cards back to Ortiz's address.
The search then yielded, among other items, cards that belonged to the victim who filed the report in June.
A stolen police badge and wallet?
Among the items seized from Ortiz's home, deputies say they found a police badge and wallet from the Plymouth Police Department with the shield emblazoned on it.
The deputy made contact with that victim, Ron Feriolli, who'd noticed his badge was missing but said he no longer worked with the department and was a memento.
The victim said hadn't given anyone permission to get in his vehicle or remove his property so he's pressing charges against the teen.
"It was just an old police badge I had while I used to be with security back there," Feriolli said.
Ortiz has that in common with Feriolli, as deputies reported that Ortiz works at Abacus Security in Golden Gate as a security guard.
We reached out to Abacus Security for comment, especially because Ortiz already had a felony firearm charge but have not heard back.
Feriolli, the former security guard, said he's now going to remind his neighbors to lock their car doors as something even a security specialist can forget sometimes.
NBC2 spoke to a man who lives at the home that was raided. He said Ortiz is a good person and said the whole ordeal has been hard on his mother.
Ortiz was arrested as part of the raid and was booked into the Naples Jail.
His bond will be set by a judge due to the fact that he's currently on pretrial and has previous felony arrests involving firearms.