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Wobbly suspect attempts to break into locked Lehigh vehicle

on Wed, 07/29/2015 - 11:42

July 28, 2015

Wobbly suspect attempts to break into locked Lehigh vehicle

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying an unknown, and likely intoxicated suspect, who tried to break into a car in Lehigh Acres earlier this month.

Surveillance cameras installed outside the 70th Street West home captured images of an unknown white male stumbling onto the victim’s property shortly after midnight on Saturday, July 11.  He initially tested the door handles of the victim’s 2003 Chevy Cavalier, however once he realized the doors were locked, he walked along the perimeter

Reward increased in murder of Kyle Byrtus

on Tue, 07/21/2015 - 15:17

July 21, 2015

Reward increased in murder of Kyle Byrtus

Nearly two years after his murder, the family of Kyle Byrtus has increased the reward for information on the person or persons responsible for his death by $2,000, bringing the total amount of the reward to $3,000.

Byrtus, who was 25 at the time of his death, was found lying in a field in Lehigh Acres in August 2013.  But before his life was taken, Byrtus was travelling down a road of success, following his graduation with honors from Fort Myers High School as a star track athlete.

Person of interest sought in Burnt Store boat theft

on Tue, 07/21/2015 - 13:10

July 18, 2015

Person of interest sought in Burnt Store boat theft

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying an unknown man who may be related to a boat theft at Burnt Store Marina.

The victim left his pontoon boat in his slip at the marina around 10 p.m. on Monday, July 6.  He had secured the boat to the dock, due to expected storms that night, and also removed the boat’s batteries to charge overnight, in anticipation of a fishing trip the next morning.  When he returned at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, July 7, the boat was gone.

Lotto con artists scam another Bonita Springs victim

on Fri, 07/17/2015 - 16:56

July 17, 2015

Lotto con artists scam another Bonita Springs victim

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help tracking down information on two women who scammed a Bonita Springs resident out of $7,000 earlier this week, under the guise that she’d be helping strangers collect millions of dollars in lottery winnings.

The 53 year old victim was riding her bicycle on Old US 41 near Goodwin Street on Wednesday afternoon, July 15, when she was approached by two women, one approximately 60 years old, and one roughly 40 years old.

Senior citizen brutally robbed at gunpoint

on Fri, 07/17/2015 - 16:48

**UPDATE #2**

In the wake of last week’s arrests of Myles Cope and Courtney Collins for the beating and robbery of a North Fort Myers senior citizen, detectives have worked relentlessly to recover more than 100 items stolen from the victim.

Detectives from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office’s robbery unit, in cooperation with the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office and the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office, have spent the last week following up on the paths of these two violent offenders and have managed to, thus far, recover the majority of valuables stolen from the victim during the attack.

Thief may be responsible for series of holiday weekend break-ins

on Thu, 07/16/2015 - 19:46

July 16, 2015

Thief may be responsible for series of holiday weekend break-ins

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying and tracking down an unknown suspect who broke into at least one, but possibly up to four, businesses over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Surveillance cameras captured images of the man who managed to make entry into Hertz Rental Equipment, 27500 Riverview Center, Bonita Springs, between July 2 and 6.  Once inside, he pried open several offices, using what appears to be a screwdriver, removing several laptops.

Senior’s stolen card used at Lehigh store

on Thu, 07/16/2015 - 14:27

July 16, 2015

Senior’s stolen card used at Lehigh store

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying an unknown woman who used a credit card stolen from a senior citizen to rack up nearly $1,000 in purchases at a Lehigh 7-Eleven.

The 70 year old victim had been at the 7-Eleven convenience store on Sunshine Boulevard early in the day on June 23rd.  At some point after that, the man’s wallet, containing several credit cards, had gone missing or was stolen.

Thief pilfers thousands from Dollar Store

on Tue, 07/14/2015 - 11:55

July 13, 2015

Thief pilfers thousands from Dollar Store

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying a thief who broke into the North Fort Myers Dollar Store, stealing more than $3,000 in glass pipes.

Surveillance cameras captured images of the man smashing through a display case at the store, located at 1890 N. Tamiami Trail, just before 2 a.m. on Monday, July 6.  The suspect was able to gain entry to the store after shattering a glass window on the side of the business.

Lehigh casino robbed by armed bandits

on Mon, 07/13/2015 - 15:28

July 11, 2015 

Lehigh casino robbed by armed bandits 

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying two black males who held up a Lehigh Acres casino at gunpoint last night. 

Around 10:40 p.m. on Friday, July 10, two masked black males entered the Speak Easy Arcade, located at 1140 Lee Boulevard.  Both men were brandishing firearms and immediately approached an employee and demanded cash.  Both suspects punched the woman in the face and left with two bags of cash.  They were last seen headed towards Homestead Road. 

The men, who were wearing all black clothing,

Senior citizen brutally robbed at gunpoint

on Thu, 07/09/2015 - 16:56

**UPDATE #1**

Both suspects in the violent robbery of a North Fort Myers senior citizen were arrested this morning, and are currently enroute to the Lee County Jail.

Myles Cope (DOB 10/14/78) and Courtney Collins (6/21/90) were arrested just before 9 a.m. this morning at the Crestwood Suites, located off US 41 in South Fort Myers, by members of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office’s Fugitive Warrants Unit.  Both are being charged initially with robbery with a firearm, false imprisonment and felony battery.

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