(ENGLEWOOD) Charlotte County Sheriff’s detectives arrested two Port Charlotte men for stealing a Notebook laptop from the Englewood Wal-Mart on Jan. 28. They were caught Tuesday in a theft from a Port Charlotte CVS and one was captured by an off duty FHP trooper.
Detectives said the investigation began Jan. 28 when security at Wal-Mart store observed video that showed two males stealing a $450 HP Notebook laptop. Video also showed the pair loading it into a Ford Focus and leaving the parking lot. On Feb. 19, store security called CCSO requesting to trespass two suspects for retail theft. They were identified as Carlos Jackson Subel Jr., 32, 2528 Warne Street, and Jason Eugene Bassham, 27, 21898 Haines Avenue.
On Feb. 21, store security reviewed the video of the Jan. 28 laptop theft and positively identified Subel and Bassham as the thieves who stole the laptop.
Ironically, CCSO was called Tuesday at 10 a.m. by the store manager of CVS, 2840 Tamiami Trail in Port Charlotte, who saw a white male leaving the store with a Conair Combo Cut haircut kit under his arm. He followed him outside and saw him get into a car in front of the store. An off duty FHP trooper saw the commotion and asked what was going on. The trooper waved at the driver to stop and identified himself. The driver was Bassham and his passenger Subel. The trooper ordered Subel out of the car at which time he threw the stolen item and cash on the hood of the car and said he’d pay for it; he then took off running. The trooper ran after and caught Subel; he was brought back to the store for CCSO deputies.
Subel and Bassham were both charged with Grand Theft; Subel was additionally charged with Petit Theft and Resisting an Officer. Bassham, a convicted felon, posted a $2,500 bond; Subel, a twice convicted felon, remains in jail on no bond due to his past criminal history.