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Theft of big rig caught on camera

on Fri, 08/29/2014 - 15:11

August 29, 2013

Theft of big rig caught on camera

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying a bold thief who cut his way into a locked parking area of a Fort Myers business and drove off with a $25,000 custom painted truck.

Surveillance cameras captured images of a man walking up to the locked parking gate at Arctic Refrigeration, 6210 Plaza Drive, Fort Myers shortly after 11:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 17th.

Victims family turns to social media for help finding a killer

on Thu, 08/28/2014 - 14:09

August 28, 2014

Victims family turns to social media for help finding a killer

Just a year after the brutal murder of a young Lee County man, the family of Kyle Byrtus is tapping into social media resources to help rally support to increase the reward for information leading to the arrest of Byrtus’ killer.

On Wednesday afternoon, Byrtus’ family launched a donation fund on “Gofundme,” an internet site where friends, family and even strangers can donate to help increase the reward amount that would be given by Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers.

Quick acting thief grabs the money and makes a charge for illegal purchases

on Thu, 08/28/2014 - 14:00

August 27, 2014

Quick acting thief grabs the money and makes a charge for illegal purchases

Southwest FloridaCrime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying a woman who parlayed upon a victim’s sense of trust when her purse was left momentarily in a shopping cart during a trip to the grocery store with her family last weekend.

Detectives say the victim was shopping at the Winn Dixie store at 14600 Palm Beach Boulevard on Sunday, Aug. 24th around 1 p.m.  While perusing the aisles for purchases, she left her purse inside the grocery cart, with her wallet in plain view.

Midnight marauder blamed for multiple car burglaries

on Wed, 08/27/2014 - 17:26

August 27, 2014

Midnight marauder blamed for multiple car burglaries

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying an unknown white male who broke into multiple cars in the overnight hours, leaving one vehicle with a smashed out window.

Detectives with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office say an unknown male broke into at least two cars in the area of Gasparilla Drive in Bonita Springs.  One homeowner, who had outdoor video surveillance cameras, was able to provide investigators with video of the man trying to break into their cars shortly after 2 a.m.

ID still sought for late night Walgreens robber

on Tue, 08/26/2014 - 18:37

August 25, 2014

ID still sought for late night Walgreens robber

Southwest FloridaCrime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying and tracking down a man who held up a Lee County Walgreens right at closing time last Sunday evening.

Detectives say two store employees were at the front door, attempting to secure the store, located at 17065 Pine Ridge Road, for the evening, around 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 17th.  As they were doing so, an unidentified male, wearing a dark colored bandana to mask his face, stormed through the door and demanded cash.

Would-be thieves leave empty handed after botched burglary

on Tue, 08/26/2014 - 18:31

August 25, 2014

Would-be thieves leave empty handed after botched burglary

Southwest FloridaCrime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying a trio of burglars who broke into a Coconut Point Mall store last Sunday night, but ended up running away empty handed despite being armed with all the tools of their trade.

According to detectives, the Pandora Jewelry store, located at 23106 Fashion Drive in Estero closed for the evening at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 17th.  At some point after the store was secured, an unknown suspect tampered with the businesses front lock.

Update # 1 Burglary suspect also steals getaway car

on Thu, 08/21/2014 - 18:27

August 20, 2014

**UPDATE #1**

As a result of expedient investigative work, combined with anonymous tips, detectives with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office have identified and arrested Robert Conant, DOB 3/31/76, in connection with Sunday morning’s home burglary in the Whiskey Creek community.

Conant was identified earlier today and detectives located him and arrested him shortly after 5 p.m. this evening.  He is currently being booked into the Lee County Jail on charges of grand theft, grand theft auto and the occupied burglary of a dwelling.

Burglary suspect also steals getaway car

on Tue, 08/19/2014 - 19:50

August 19, 2014

Burglary suspect also steals getaway car

Southwest FloridaCrime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying an unknown suspect who broke into a Whiskey Creek area home early Sunday morning.

According to detectives, the white male was filmed by home security cameras creeping around the back patio area of the home.  After a few minutes, he entered through a living room door and reappears a few minutes later with a purse and laptop in hand.  It was discovered later that he also took the keys to a 2002 silver Toyota Four Runner, which he used as his escape vehicle.

Unsuccessful thief fails to hit the lottery

on Tue, 08/19/2014 - 19:47

August 19, 2014

Unsuccessful thief fails to hit the lottery

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying an unknown male who made a bold attempt to steal lottery tickets from a Bonita Springs convenience store last night, but ended up leaving empty handed.

Detectives say the black male walked into the Circle K store at 10460 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, just after 9:30 p.m. on Monday, August 18.  He immediately walked to the office at the back of the store and locked the door behind him.

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