Port Charlotte man charged in sports bar burglary
(BTLS Staff) PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – A 55-year-old Port Charlotte was charged Wednesday with burglary and grand theft charges stemming from an April 7th overnight incident at a local eatery.
Theodore James Barkenquast is facing one count of burglary and one count of grand theft. He was booked into the Charlotte County Jail and released after posting a bond of $10,000.
According to a Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office report investigators say the suspect turned himself in shortly after they asked the public for help in solving the crime. The report states deputies were dispatched to Q’s Sports Bar in the 4000 block of Tamiami Trail when an employee saw evidence of a break-in.
Money, cigarettes and a DVR system were taken from the bar. The manager told deputies that someone had gained access to the establishment through the rear double doors. One week before the burglary the manager noticed one of the bar’s security cameras was not working.
When she played the tape back associated with the broken camera she recognized Barkenquast, a frequent customer at the bar. He was observed walking up to the camera just before it went dead.
On Monday, April 20th deputies went to the suspect’s home on Yonkers Ave. to talk to him about the case. Barkenquast was not home at the time. On Tuesday, after he heard investigators were looking to talk to him, he drove himself to the Charlotte County Jail where he turned himself in.