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Cell phone towers become targets for thieves

on Thu, 11/20/2014 - 18:39

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help tracking down one or more individuals who have been stealing copper from Lee County cell phone towers over the last three months to the tune of more than $100,000.

Detectives say the towers were first targeted in August, when deputies responded to a suspected theft at 11490 Orange River Boulevard on August 25th at 5:00 a.m.  That’s when the victim said the cell tower lost all of its power, with subsequent findings that the lock to the gate had been cut.

Thief takes off with 10 glasses in 10 seconds

on Thu, 11/20/2014 - 18:26

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying and tracking down a quick acting thief who pilfered more than $2,500 in designer sunglasses Monday morning in under 10 seconds.

Surveillance cameras captured images of the black male walking into the Lens Crafters store at 13300 S. Cleveland Ave., shortly after 11 a.m. on Monday, November 17th.  Without hesitation, the man walked directly over to a display case near the front door and loaded up 10 pairs of Maui Jim sunglasses into what appears to be a shopping bag, before quickly exiting the store.

Wright DUI Homicide

on Tue, 11/04/2014 - 19:07

The life-changing mistake of getting behind the wheel while under the influence violently took the lives of two local residents, who were just beginning to enjoy the fruits of their retirement.  Now, the man who killed the Southwest Florida couple is on the run, and police need your help finding him.  Trish Routte with Crime Stoppers has the story.

Jaabin Robinson Murder

on Wed, 10/15/2014 - 19:59

A 30 year old man is shot to death at his home, while others sat by and watched – yet few have come forth with any details.  Trish Routte with Crime Stoppers has the story on one family’s pain, and their plea for those in the know to do the right thing.

UPDATE #2 - Crime Stoppers press release: Another sunglass thief targets local outlet mall

on Wed, 10/15/2014 - 19:16

October 10, 2014

**UPDATE #2**

As a result of a Crime Stoppers tip, Jennifer Passaro/Goldstein was taken into custody late this morning.  She has been booked into the Lee County Jail with a felony charge of grand theft, and is being held without bond.

“The successful conclusion to this case shows the tremendous partnerships that Crime Stoppers has with the media, who put her picture out there, and the good citizens of our community who so often do the right thing and call Crime Stoppers with their information,” said Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Coordinator.

Note:  Passaro’s newest booking photo

UPDATE #1 - Crime Stoppers press release: Sneaky thief targeting unlocked cars caught on camera

on Tue, 10/14/2014 - 18:33

October 10, 2014

**UPDATE #1**

The suspect accused of breaking into cars on Kestrel Circle earlier this week has been identified and arrested.  Fort Myers Police arrested Antonyo Burns (DOB 8/13/93) just hours after he broke into those vehicles, on unrelated charges of grand theft auto, drug possession and violation of probation.  Following his arrest, he was positively identified as the same man who had burglarized at least two vehicles in the early morning hours of October 7th.  He has subsequently been charged with two counts of burglary and two counts of larceny theft.

Burns has an

Sneaky thief targeting unlocked cars caught on camera

on Wed, 10/08/2014 - 16:11

October 10, 2014

Sneaky thief targeting unlocked cars caught on camera

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying an unknown male caught on camera breaking into one of several unlocked cars early yesterday morning.

According to detectives, one or more suspects broke into several cars in the area of Kestrel Circle, off Plantation Road, in the early morning hours of October 7th.  In each of the instances, the cars were left unlocked, allowing the suspect(s) easy access to the vehicles and its contents.

Spotlight to focus on students standing up to bullying

on Wed, 10/08/2014 - 15:32

October 5, 2014

Spotlight to focus on students standing up to bullying

In coordination with educators, law enforcement and citizens around the world, Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers will be joining forces on Monday, October 6th in support of “Blue Shirt Day – World Day of Bullying Prevention.”

For the last several years, Crime Stoppers has promoted the “Don’t Hate” philosophy within Southwest Florida schools through its text tipline for reporting bullying activity, DNTH8.  Posters, public service announcements and even silicone rings have been distributed throughout the schools to help

Update #1 Another sunglass thief target local outlet mall

on Thu, 10/02/2014 - 14:04

October 2, 2014

**UPDATE #1**

As a result of several anonymous Crime Stoppers tips, the woman who stole sunglasses from the Sunglass Hut at Tanger Outlets earlier this week has been positively identified as Jennifer Goldstein, who may be using the name Jennifer Passaro (DOB 2/17/82).  Goldstein/Passaro is a repeat offender in Lee County, with five previous arrests on a multitude of felony offenses.

Early morning bandit strikes same business four times in one month

on Wed, 10/01/2014 - 15:08

October 1, 2014

Early morning bandit strikes same business four times in one month

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying an unknown person who targeted video gaming machines at a South Fort Myers business not once, not twice but four times in one month.

Throughout the month of September, the Elbow Room, located at 8711 Cypress Lake Drive, Suite 6, had been broken into four times – each time with the suspect smashing through the store’s glass front door, then targeting the video gaming machines at the back of the establishment.

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