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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.

Witness chases crook after robbery at an ATM

on Sun, 02/01/2015 - 15:10

January 31, 2015

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying an unknown man who robbed a woman immediately after she withdrew cash from a Bonita Springs ATM.

According to detectives, the victim withdrew $200 at the Suncoast Schools Credit Union ATM, located at 25183 Chamber of Commerce Drive, shortly after 2:30 p.m. on January 10th.  As she was walking back to her car, an unknown light skinned Hispanic male grabbed the money from her hands and ran to a grey Toyota or Honda waiting nearby.

Sneaky thief slips away with stolen phone

on Mon, 01/26/2015 - 17:27

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying a stealthy thief whose crime was caught on camera.

Just before 2 a.m. this morning, January 24th, the victim made a purchase at the Circle K store, located at 1181 Homestead Road N. in Lehigh Acres.  While he was reaching for his wallet, he placed his silver/grey LG Metro PCS phone, with a white case and black cover, on the counter.  After paying for his purchase, he left the store, accidentally leaving his phone behind.  Moments later, he realized that he forgot his phone and went back inside to retrieve it.

ID sought for early morning robber

on Mon, 01/26/2015 - 17:21

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying a man who held up a Lehigh Acres convenience store early Saturday morning, taking off with cash and lottery tickets.

According to detectives, the unknown male walked into the 7-Eleven store, located at 530 Joel Boulevard, just before 5 a.m. on Saturday, January 17th.  The suspect demanded that the teller hand over all the cash in the register, as well as five $25 lottery tickets.  The employee complied and the suspect took off in an unknown direction.  He is believed to be a light skinned white or Hispanic male.

ID sought for New Year’s Day robber

on Mon, 01/26/2015 - 17:15

January 16, 2015

**UPDATE #2**

As a result of numerous anonymous Crime Stoppers tips received throughout the day, detectives positively identified the suspect in the New Year’s Day attempted robbery as Cody Levi Santin, DOB 12/30/91.  Detectives worked throughout the day following up on leads and were able to take Santin into custody on Monroe Avenue in Lehigh Acres a short time ago.  Santin is currently enroute to the Lee County Jail, where he will be booked on charges of attempted robbery and attempted carjacking.

“The quick resolution of this case is a perfect example of how the

Victim snaps shots after customer dashes with new nails

on Mon, 01/26/2015 - 17:10

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying a woman who patronized a Lehigh nail salon yesterday, then took off without paying for her freshly manicured hands.

According to detectives, the woman and a friend went to the ABC Nail Salon, 2814 Lee Boulevard, shortly after 3 p.m. on Thursday, January 15th.  After receiving $38 worth of nailwork, the suspect simply walked out of the salon, along with a friend who was accompanying her.

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