LABELLE, FLORIDA (Aug. 21, 2006) -- When Hendry County Sheriff's Office Deputy Michael Horne responded to a theft complaint from Petra Esquivel, his investigation not only led to the recovery of the articles stolen from her, but a cache of stolen appliances from Lee County as well. Ms. Esquivel suspected that a former tenant, Eusebio Lezama Zuniga age 27 had stolen 3 wall air conditioning units and a propane tank with fuel in it from a mobile home she was renting to him. Sheriff Ronnie Lee stated that Deputy Horne discovered that Zuniga was now residing at 1171 Amanda Street in LaBelle.
The 3 air conditioners and the propane tank were recovered at that location and information developed there led Deputies and HCSO Criminal Investigators to 440 Clay Street in LaBelle where Zuniga had previously lived. At 440 Clay Street they discovered seven major appliances stolen from houses under construction in the Lehigh Acres and Cape Coral sections of Lee County. Zuniga was arrested and charged with Burglary of an Occupied Dwelling and Grand Theft. He was booked into the Hendry County Jail with bond set at $15,000.00.