Mom Teaches Kids Criminal Lessons Early In Life
Over the course of the last 24 hours, more than 50 tips regarding the below case were received through Crime Stoppers, which led to the identification last night of Shanice Stewart as the primary suspect. This afternoon, as a result of one of those tips, Shanice Stewart and her accomplice, Shawnice Adkins (DOB 10/5/78) were both apprehended and charged with grand theft. Both women were taken into custody without incident and both are enroute to the Lee County Jail for booking at this time. Booking photos will be available on the Lee County Sheriff’s Office’s website sometime this evening.
“Crime Stoppers sincerely appreciates the outpouring of information from the community regarding this case,” said Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Coordinator. “This case was a perfect example of the community stepping up to the plate and doing their part in helping identify criminals and removing them from our streets.”
Bond will likely be determined when Stewart and Adkins appear before a judge for their first appearance.
As a result of a barrage of Crime Stoppers tips received today, the primary suspect in this case has been positively identified as Shanice Stewart, DOB 2/13/88. She now faces charges of felony grand theft and possible other charges. Stewart is a registered convicted felon with an extensive rap sheet, dating back to her first felony for grand theft auto at age 14. Since then she’s been jailed in Lee County for a long list of charges including burglary, aggravated assault, robbery, dealing in stolen property, multiple counts of theft, among other charges. Stewart has also spent jail time in both Collier and Manatee Counties.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Stewart 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: The most recent booking photo of Stewart, from last month, is attached to this release.
July 25, 2013
Mom teaches kids criminal lessons early in life
Southwest FloridaCrime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying two women who utilized the innocence of several young children to commit a felony crime earlier this week.
According to deputies, two adult females, and five young children, entered the Gymboree store at 20350 Summerlin Road, Fort Myers, on Tuesday evening, July 23, to go shopping. When they approached the check out counter, another female was there speaking with one of the employees. When the suspect became engaged in that conversation, one of the children swiped the victims wallet, which was left on the counter. Once the stolen wallet was in hand, the troupe quickly exited the store and left in a white colored vehicle. The victim’s phone was also taken, but was found shortly thereafter along the roadside near Tanger Outlets.
Within an hour, credit cards left in the wallet were used twice at Pier One Imports for charges of more than $200, as well as the Foot Locker at the Edison Mall, charging up two initial fraudulent purchases for roughly $400. When the suspect and her children, ranging in age from 5-12, returned to make a third purchase for approximately $600 in shoes, the card was declined, as the victim had reported her credit cards as being stolen.
According to witnesses, the unknown female suspect clearly used the young children to distract the victim in order to steal her wallet. Now, Crime Stoppers is hoping someone will be able to put a face with the names of the two older women in the video. The main suspect is described as a larger black female with gold teeth, who was wearing a black shower cap at the time. Upon her identification and arrest, she will be charged with grand theft. The second female, who may be in her 20s, also faces charges of benefitting in the proceeds of grand theft.
Anyone with information on the identities of these two females 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: Several still photos of the suspects are attached to this release. Video of the illegal purchases made at Foot Locker will be available in the Public Information Office at the Lee County Sheriff’s Office early this afternoon.
For additional information, call Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Coordinator, at 239-477-1407 or firstname.lastname@example.org.