The primary suspect in last weekend’s car thefts was taken into custody last night, and charged with three counts of grand theft auto.
Ryan Maxey, DOB 1/22/99, was booked into the Lee County Jail around 7:30 p.m. on June 9. In addition to the car thefts, Maxey was also charged with dealing in stolen property, after he sold stolen items out of his car at the Gulf Coast Town Center in south Lee County. The second suspect in the auto theft cases has not yet been arrested.
Note: Maxey’s booking photo from last night is attached to this release.
Knife wielding robber holds up Lehigh bridal store
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying an unknown suspect who robbed a Lehigh Acres bridal store a knifepoint this afternoon.
Shortly after 1 p.m., a white male, partially masked with white bandana over his face, entered Maria’s Bridal, located at 1430 Lee Boulevard. He immediately approached a store employee, brandishing a knife and demanding all the money from the register. The cashier complied, and the suspect fled the store on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying an unknown black male who robbed a North Fort Myers Family Dollar store last Saturday night.
Just after 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 4, two store employees were counting the register tills and the deposit for the night at the Family Dollar, located at 50 Pine Island Road. As they were finishing, a black male approached the women from behind and demanded they give him all the money from the safe.
Criminal culprits steal and ditch truck two days in a row
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying and tracking down two individuals who are believed to have stolen the same truck twice in two days.
On Sunday, June 5, an abandoned Ford F350 truck was found at the corner of Briarcliff Road and Triple Crown Court in south Lee County. Deputies were able to trace the vehicle back to its registered owner, who confirmed that the truck had been left in a gated compound on James Whitehead Road, along with several other vehicles.
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help tracking down Brion Darby, the man detectives believe broke into a boat last month in St. James City.
Darby (DOB 4/1/77) is currently wanted in connection with the May 29th break in, in which more than $1,000 worth of fishing gear was stolen. He was accompanied by another individual, who has not been identified at this point.
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying two men who stole more than $1,000 worth of fishing gear during a moonlight boating trip in St. James City earlier this week.
The owner of a 22 foot charter boat docked his vessel at Low Key Tiki, located at 3135 Stringfellow Road, on Sunday evening, May 29. When he returned the next day, a $700 Yeti commercial cooler, as well as hundreds of dollars worth of pinfish traps and cast nets, were gone.
One week after a group of young adults vandalized Mariner High School, detectives have identified, located and arrested all six suspects.
Over the last week, detectives with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office’s Youth Services Division have been rounding up the suspects one by one, through a combination of Crime Stoppers tips and dedicated investigative work. Four suspects were taken into custody within the first 24 hours, and the final suspect was arrested yesterday.
Cameras prompt change of heart by suspected burglars
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying two men who may be responsible for a recent rash of residential daytime burglaries in Lehigh.
On Monday, May 30, around 10:45 a.m., two black males arrived at a home in the area of Meadow Road and Sunshine Boulevard South in Lehigh. After pulling up in a black or dark colored Honda, with a primer grey hood, they meandered to the front of the home.
Reward increased for information that helps find Diana Alvares
In an effort to encourage anyone with information on the disappearance of Diana Alvares to come forward, Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has increased the reward to $6,000. $1,000 is being provided by Crime Stoppers, with the additional $5,000 pledged by the FBI.
Diana was last seen at her Unique Circle residence at 2:00 a.m.