Nearly a month after two adults and five children were held at gunpoint during a Lehigh Acres home invasion, detectives are still on the hunt for the men responsible.
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is hoping that additional pictures of the suspects, which were captured on home surveillance video, will help lead to their identification and ultimate arrest for this violent crime.
On January 21, 2016 at 4:45 p.m. Carol E. Gifford W/F 2/20/1939 and George E. Nicol W/M 5-03-1934 were victims of an armed carjacking with a firearm which occurred at 6634 Sway Drive Fort Myers, Florida 33919.
Carol E. Gifford was the driver and was approached by one of the suspects. After the suspect demanded the keys she refused and pushed the suspect away. George got out of the car to assist Carol after the suspect removed her from the car and shoved her to the ground.
The suspect jumped into the driver’s seat and reversed the victim’s vehicle
After working diligently to solve this heinous crime, our Major Crimes Unit Detectives have arrested Christopher Darrell Harris (DOB 03-17-91).
Detectives retrieved video surveillance from the Gulf Express and were able to determine a suspect description. Canvases were done in the surrounding areas and deputies located Harris at the Palm Beach Motel, located at 4719 Palm Beach Boulevard, Fort Myers.
Harris has been charged with Homicide, Robbery with a Firearm, and Possession of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon.
Stolen stash of construction equipment waiting to be claimed
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help getting more than $50,000 worth of stolen construction tools back into the right hands, in the wake of a major discovery during a Lehigh drug bust.
On December 10, members of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office’s Narcotics Unit served a search warrant at a home on 9th Street SW in Lehigh, after several months of investigation. Upon entering the home, they found several thousand dollars in various forms of narcotics, illegal weapons and cash.
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying a criminal couple who swiped nearly $4,000 in stolen sunglasses from a Miromar Outlet store last month.
Around 5:30 p.m. on January 1, a black male and female entered the Sunglass Hut store, located at 10801 Miromar Outlet Drive. After speaking briefly with a store employee, the two left, only to return three more times within the next 30 minutes. After their last visit, a store clerk realized that a large amount of sunglasses had been removed from the shelves.
Less than two months after robbing a North Fort Myers convenience store, detectives have charged Robert Percoski (DOB 5/21/78) with two recent Lee County crimes. Percoski was already in custody in the Lee County Jail last night on unrelated charges when he was charged with two additional counts: one for the robbery of the Circle K on November 29, as well as the attempted robbery of the Regions Bank, located at 13520 N. Cleveland Avenue on December 10th. The Regions Bank incident occurred when a bank employee was standing outside the building during a
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying two black males who broke into a pair of Lehigh Acres homes within the last week.
The first burglary occurred last Thursday, January 7 on Brazos Street E., after the homeowner left for work. Around 6:45 a.m., he set his home alarm, only to be contacted by his monitoring company a few hours later, informing him that there’d been a break-in at his house.
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying and tracking down three men who held a family of seven at gunpoint Saturday morning during the course of a home invasion robbery.
Detectives say the trio entered the Manuel Street E. home just after 6:15 a.m. on Saturday, January 9. Over the course of a few hours, the men scoured the house, while two adults and five juvenile children were contained at gunpoint. The men left in a dark colored four door vehicle.
Car burglaries, thefts on the rise throughout Lee County
The new year is starting off with a significant spike in car burglaries and thefts, with more than a dozen reported from Fort Myers Beach to North Fort Myers within the last two weeks alone. The common denominator in almost every instance is unlocked doors.
On Tuesday night alone, four cars were stolen on Fort Myers Beach, and others broken into. Unfortunately, car owners made it easy for the thieves by leaving their vehicles unlocked, and some even left the keys in the ignition.