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Midnight robber sought on Fort Myers Beach

on Thu, 04/21/2016 - 12:45

April 21, 2016

Midnight robber sought on Fort Myers Beach

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying and tracking down an armed man who robbed a Fort Myers Beach restaurant just after midnight this morning.

An employee of the Pier Side Grill, located at 1000 Estero Boulevard, was tallying the night’s proceeds around 12:15 a.m. when an unknown male approached her from behind.  He pulled her hair back, then pushed her forward, and demanded all the cash on hand.

Update #3

on Tue, 04/19/2016 - 16:23

A repeat offender arrested in late 2014 for armed robbery and occupied burglary with a firearm was finally sentenced this morning to two life sentences.  Johnny Wade was found guilty last month on both counts, and this morning he was sentenced to the two life terms of his actions.  Wade will remain in custody at the Lee County Jail until being transferred to a state prison facility.

“The dedication of the justice system and the hard work and tenacity of the robbery detectives who worked this case came to a successful end this morning,” said Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Coordinator.

Suspect sought in Lehigh home invasion robbery

on Tue, 04/19/2016 - 10:32

April 15, 2016

Suspect sought in Lehigh home invasion robbery

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying and tracking down an unknown man who boldly entered a Lehigh home during broad daylight and robbed a woman at gunpoint.

The victim walked into her home on 12th Street SW in Lehigh just after 10 a.m. on March 16, after taking her dog out.  When she closed the door behind her, she left it unlocked.  Moments later, she walked into the kitchen and heard her front door open, and saw a black male pointing a black handgun at her, demanding drugs and cash.

Reward increased to help locate missing woman

on Tue, 04/19/2016 - 10:20

April 15, 2016

Reward increased to help locate missing woman

Six days after a Fort Myers woman went missing, the reward for finding her has increased to $2,000.

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers has teamed up with the Fort Myers Police Department in an effort to bring Alberta Harris home to her family and friends.  Crime Stoppers is offering $1,000 for information leading to her discovery, and the Fort Myers Police Department is contributing an additional $1,000.  50 year old Harris disappeared last weekend, having been last seen at 9:15 a.m.

Violent offenders sought after recent outbursts

on Mon, 04/11/2016 - 13:30

April 7, 2016 

Violent offenders sought after recent outbursts 

Southwest Florida is asking for the public’s help tracking down three violent offenders, who have been arrested a collective 148 times in Lee County alone. 

Over the last three weeks, Keeshall Whitfield (DOB 9/24/75), Reginald Tucker (DOB 1/1/80), and Christopher Banks (10/2/71)  have all committed acts of violence in the central part of Lee County.  All are repeat offenders with lengthy criminal histories and each have active warrants for their arrest for battery charges.

Reward offered for information on hit and run driver **UPDATE**

on Thu, 04/07/2016 - 16:38

**UPDATE #1** 

In an effort to encourage people who may have information on the driver who killed Devin Federly to come forward, the Peace River Riders Bicycle Club has committed $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of Devin’s killer – bringing the total reward to $2,000.  Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is offering the initial $1,000 reward. 

“The Charlotte County community, and beyond, is heartbroken over Devin’s death, coupled with the fact that the coward who took his life just fled the scene and didn’t even attempt to render help,” said Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers

Armed burglar steals bike, leaves odd messages at Fort Myers business

on Wed, 04/06/2016 - 14:05

April 6, 2016

Armed burglar steals bike, leaves odd messages at Fort Myers business

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying an unknown male, who broke into a Fort Myers business last week, and stole nothing but a bicycle, but left a series of spray painted messages throughout the building.

Just 15 minutes after Tri-Circle Pavers, located at 2709 Jeffcott Street, closed for the night on Wednesday, March 30, an unknown male, carrying both a rifle and handgun, entered the business’ compound.

Spray painting suspect sought in school vandalism

on Wed, 04/06/2016 - 12:12

April 6, 2016

Spray painting suspect sought in school vandalism

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help tracking down one or more suspects who took their art skills to an illegal level, and damaged property at Lehigh Senior High School.

When custodial crews arrived at the school, located at 901 Gunnery Road, around 5 a.m. on Tuesday, April 5th, they discovered that between the hours of midnight and 5 a.m., one or more persons trespassed onto school property and spray painted the concrete within the courtyard area.

Armed robber leaves empty-handed after foiled attempt

on Thu, 03/31/2016 - 10:02

March 30, 2016

Armed robber leaves empty-handed after foiled attempt 

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying an oddly masked robber who held up a Fort Myers Beach 7 Eleven last night. 

Around 9 p.m., a man donning a paintball or gas mask apparatus entered the store, located at 6221 Estero Boulevard.  He immediately presented a gun and instructed the cashier to empty the registers and place all the cash into a bag.

Hunt is on for early morning robber

on Mon, 03/28/2016 - 14:14

March 25, 2016 

Hunt is on for early morning robber 

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying and tracking down an armed robber who held up a Sunoco gas station early this morning. 

Just after 3 a.m., a black male, donned in camouflage clothing, with a red bandana over his face, entered the Sunoco, located at 2311 Buckingham Road.  The man brandished a silver handgun, and pointed it at two female employees, demanding that they open the cash registers.  In fear for their lives, they complied, and the man grabbed an undisclosed amount of cash.

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