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ID's Sought in Early Morning Robberies

on Tue, 02/18/2014 - 17:11

February 16, 2014

ID’s sought in early morning robberies

Southwest FloridaCrime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying suspects responsible for two robberies which occurred between 4:18 and 5:30 this morning.

Surveillance video captured images of the suspects at both locations perpetrating their acts of violence.  The first was reported at 4:18 a.m. at the Circle K, located at 19101 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers.  Two thin black males, donning ski masks, entered the store and demanded cash from the clerks at gunpoint.  After emptying the registers, the men fled on foot.  Just over an hour later, at 5:23 a.m., two thin black males entered the Waffle House at 4050 Boatways Road, Fort Myers, creeping in through a back door, then bursting into the restaurant brandishing guns and demanding cash from both employees and customers.  After leaving with an undisclosed amount of cash, the men fled on foot.

“We have two violent crimes, and men threatening innocent victims at gunpoint,” said Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Coordinator.  “To this point, they’ve gotten away with two crimes that we know of.  We’re hoping information from the public can prevent a third business from being their next target.”

Anyone with information on the suspects in either or both of this morning’s robberies is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477).  All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.  Tips may also be made online at www.swflcrimestoppers.org or by texting a tip to CRIMES (274637) Keyword: REWARD.

Note:  Surveillance video and stills from this morning’s robberies are attached to this e-mail.

For further information, contact Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Coordinator, at troutte@sheriffleefl.org

TR/062498, 062521

 

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