Fox 4 gets results for family who had 2 cars stolen

Fox 4 gets results for family who had 2 cars stolen

By Colleen Hogan. CREATED Jan 5, 2012

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Police are owning up to their mistake in how they handled a crime victim's case.

"It was an oversight," Ft. Myers Police Capt. Dennis Eads said. "It was a mistake on our part."

As Fox 4 first reported Wednesday night, crime victim Anthony Migliore who had two cars stolen from his driveway, said he repeatedly called the detective on the case asking where his stolen car was and never heard back. It turns out the detective was on vacation but no one told Migliore.

A police official made himself available to Fox 4 Thursday to answer questions about why someone who was going to be out on vacation was assigned to a time sensitive case.  It's a mistake, officials say, they've corrected, as a result of my story.

"I called the detective's number, got the voicemail, left a message," Migliore said. "Later on that day, called again to leave a message. Next day, called again, left another message. Day after that, called again. Still no return call."

Three weeks ago, crooks drove off with two of Migliore's cars that were parked outside his home.

"I was in shock, disbelief," he said.

Police found one of the cars a few days later. But Migliore's work car, full of medical equipment, is still missing. He left several messages for the detective assigned to his case, only to find out, that person was on vacation.

"I believe they deserve a day off," Migliore said. "I just feel that, if they're gonna assign somebody, it should be made sure that the person's not gonna be on vacation so that someone can actually work the case."

A police official admits, they messed up.

"Why was the detective on vacation, who was assigned?" Hogan asked Ft. Myers Police Capt. Dennis Eads.

"It was an oversight," he said. "It was a mistake on our part. It should have never been assigned to someone on vacation for that long a period of time."

After the story ran Wednesday, Migliore says he got a call from a police supervisor, apologizing for the error and letting him know another detective has been assigned to the case.

Based on evidence recovered in the first stolen car, police think they have some good leads that could help them track down Migliore's missing car and the thief who stole it.

"Another detective's been assigned the case and that individuals following up," Eads said.

Colleen Hogan, reporter