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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.

ID sought for shopper who loaded up on someone else’s dime

on Wed, 01/14/2015 - 17:53

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying a woman who has been on the run for nearly six months, after using stolen credit cards to rack up more than $1,000 in fraudulent purchases.

According to detectives, the victim parked his car at Planet Fitness, 15501 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers, in the early evening hours of July 2, 2014.  When he returned to his vehicle, nothing appeared to be out of place.

Detectives on the hunt for repeat offender

on Sat, 01/10/2015 - 11:00

January 13, 2015

**UPDATE #1**

As a result of a Crime Stoppers tip, Eddie Deleon was taken into custody last night in Sarasota County.  Deputies from Lee County followed up on an anonymous lead and found Deleon around 7 p.m. on January 12th.  He was arrested without incident and booked into the Sarasota County Jail on Lee County’s charges of violation of probation for fleeing and eluding officers.  He is also a person of interest in several other pending cases.  Deleon is currently being held without bond, pending extradition back to Lee County.

Note:  A photo from Deleon’s booking last

ID sought in armed robbery at Lehigh Family Dollar

on Thu, 01/08/2015 - 16:02

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying a masked gunman who robbed the Family Dollar store in Lehigh Acres around 7:30 p.m. last night, January 7th.

According to detectives, a tall male, of unknown race, dressed in all black and donning a black ski mask, walked into the store, located at 1111 Homestead Road, in the early evening hours and immediately approached the cashier.  The suspect pulled out a black, full sized semi-automatic pistol and ordered the employee to put all the cash from the register into his bag.

Accused child rapist back behind bars after nearly a decade on the run

on Wed, 01/07/2015 - 18:37

An accused child rapist was taken into custody this morning, nearly 10 years to the day after he allegedly sexually abused a teenage girl.

Martin Galnarez, DOB 5/6/74, was arrested shortly after 11 a.m. this morning in Corpus Christi, TX, as a result of an anonymous Crime Stoppers tip.  The charges against Galnarez first came to light in January 2005, when he was accused of getting the young girl drunk, then raping her on at least two occasions.

Reward increased for arrest of canine killer

on Wed, 12/31/2014 - 15:07

Just days after a three year old German Shepherd was shot to death in his own backyard, anonymous donors are stepping up to the plate and adding to the reward being offered by Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers for the person responsible for the crime.

Shortly before 6 a.m. on Sunday, December 28th, Kenneth Harrison awoke to gunfire outside his house on Towles Street.  He found his dog “Hank” with gunshot wounds to his hind leg, front paw and side – injuries which later caused Hank’s death.