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Scam artist hacks into victim’s personal ID

on Wed, 03/25/2015 - 18:56

Scam artist hacks into victim’s personal ID

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying a man caught on surveillance cameras making expensive purchases on a credit card created under the guise of a false identity.

According to detectives, the victim realized in late February that his identity had been compromised when he received a phone call from American Express confirming that he had applied for a credit card account – which he had not.

Robbers on the run after threatening to kill Bonita man

on Tue, 03/24/2015 - 12:33

**UPDATE #2**

As detectives have continued their investigation into Sunday evening’s robbery in Bonita Springs, they have discovered active involvement of at least two, possibly three, other individuals.  Martin Gonzalez was taken into custody for his involvement this morning, and Adrian Lopez (DOB 9/6/96) was arrested around 4 p.m. yesterday for the role he played in the assault.  Gonzalez is being held without bond, and Lopez is being held on $50,000 bond.

“Police Look for Clues in Two Decade Old Missing Person Case”

on Wed, 03/18/2015 - 11:48

It’s been twenty years to the day since the unexplained disappearance of Phillip Koss (d.o.b. 11/20/1970 of Sarasota, Fla). Koss was last seen on Monday, March 13, 1995 in the vicinity of the 400 block of Van Buren Street off Palm Beach Boulevard. A week later his vehicle was located abandoned in Sarasota, Florida.

“We have attached an age progressed photograph that would possibly depict what Philip might look like today. We urge anyone with information that may shed light on this case to please come forward,” said Detective Sergeant Brian O’Reilly.

Anyone with information is asked to the

Education on binge drinking is key for local students

on Wed, 03/18/2015 - 11:40

Community collaboration: Lee County Sheriff, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and Lee Coalition for Drug-Free SWFL join together 

Spring Break inspires teen-focused campaign to curb underage drinking, protect reputations


With spring break right around the corner, and Lee County recognized as one of the top destinations in the nation for college students, it is important to talk about the dangers of binge drinking.   

But according to Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Coordinator for the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and Heather Burton, Continuum Services Coordinator at the Hazelden Betty Ford

Four Teens Arrested Following Violent Crime Spree

on Wed, 03/18/2015 - 11:32
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Damien Licquia (DOB 5-8-97) was located in North Fort Myers and was taken into custody without incident.  North District Deputies located Licquia and arrested him at 10:38 P.M. this evening. 

***Original Press Release***

Four teenagers are under arrest following a violent and brazen crime spree that began early Saturday morning in North Fort Myers.  The teens now face charges including Home Invasion Robbery, Carjacking, Kidnapping and Sexual Battery.  A fifth suspect remains at large.

At approximately 3:30 a.m.

Suspect on the run after early morning robbery

on Wed, 02/18/2015 - 15:00

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying and tracking down a white male who robbed a Bonita Springs 7-11 convenience store early this morning.

According to witnesses, a white male, in his 20s, came into the store, located at 4520 Bonita Beach Road, around 4:15 a.m.  The suspect implied that he had a gun in his pocket and demanded all the cash in the drawers.  While the clerk was gathering up the money, the suspect reached over the counter and grabbed several $25 scratch off lottery tickets.  Upon receipt of the money, he then asked for Newport cigarettes.

Massive car theft ring dismantled; more suspects sought

on Tue, 02/10/2015 - 19:28

In late 2014, detectives with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation into the theft of several Ford F-series trucks.  These thefts continued through the first few weeks of 2015, during which time several businesses in the Lehigh Acres and central Fort Myers area were impacted.  Detectives compared notes and discovered that near the locations of these vehicle thefts, there were also large clusters of burglaries occurring during those same time frames.

Community bands together to help stop dog fighting

on Mon, 02/09/2015 - 13:58

February 11, 2015

**UPDATE #2**

Just five days after the creation of the Go Fund Me entitled “Stop Illegal Dog Fighting,” $22,842 has been raised to enhance rewards for information leading to the arrest of individuals involved with the abuse of animals in Southwest Florida.  That number continues to grow daily, from as small as a $10 donation one hour ago, to a substantial $10,000 anonymous donation made last night.

“The community is stepping up in large fashion to make a strong statement that animal abuse will not be tolerated,” said Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Coordinator.

Crook caught on camera installing high tech skimmer

on Sun, 02/01/2015 - 15:27

January 31, 2015

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying a man who installed a high tech skimming device on an ATM machine in Estero early this morning.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office was notified this morning by SunTrust remote security specialists in Atlanta, GA, that an ATM machine may have been compromised at their branch located at 3501 Vanderburg Way.