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Pilferer sought for pawning stolen jewels

on Tue, 09/02/2014 - 15:10

September 2, 2014

Pilferer sought for pawning stolen jewels

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help tracking down a Lee County man who pawned off thousands of dollars worth of stolen jewelry for just a fraction of its actual value.

Detectives with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office allege William Hammond III (DOB 3/20/82) stole several thousand dollars worth of jewelry from a Parker Drive home two weeks ago.  It was later discovered that all of the stolen rings and necklaces were brought to Gulfcoast Jewelry and Loan, located at 12123 S.

Thief swipes wallet during night time McDonalds run

on Tue, 09/02/2014 - 15:06

September 2, 2014

Thief swipes wallet during night time McDonalds run

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying a woman who seized a perfect crime of opportunity and swiped a forgotten wallet left at a south Fort Myers fast food restaurant.

Detectives say the suspect was at the McDonalds inside the Wal Mart, located at 14821 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Fort Myers, just before 10 p.m. on Sunday, August 10th.  When the customer in front of her inadvertently left her wallet on the counter, the suspect slid the wallet into her own purse and left the area.

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.

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