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ID Sought for Lewd Exhibitionist

on Fri, 03/21/2014 - 17:36

March 20, 2014

ID sought for lewd exhibitionist

Southwest FloridaCrime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying a male who trespassed on a Lehigh Acres home, then exposed himself in a lewd manner.

According to detectives, on March 19, at approximately 5:01 p.m., deputies responded to a private residence located at the 5000 of 26th Street SW in Lehigh Acres.  The complainant reported that his neighbor had just observed a black male subject in her yard while she was working in her garden.  The black male was described as possibly in his late 20’s – early 30’s and fairly tall.

Reward enhanced in hopes of halting Waffle House robbers

on Wed, 03/12/2014 - 19:43

March 12, 2014

Reward enhanced in hopes of halting Waffle House robbers

In the wake of three violent robberies in Lee and Charlotte County Waffle House restaurants over the last few weeks, an additional reward of up to $2,500 is being offered by Waffle House, Inc. for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the men responsible for this reign of terror.  This amount is in addition to the reward of up to $1,000 being offered by Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers.

This afternoon, officials with Waffle House, Inc.

Dunbar Taking Back Its Community

on Wed, 03/12/2014 - 19:33

For quite some time, a Fort Myers neighborhood has been labeled as one of the most dangerous communities in Lee County.  However the tide is turning, and residents are finding unity in their community to stop the violence once and for all.  Trish Routte with Crime Stoppers has the story.

UPDATE #2 Suspected thief uses baby to shield stolen phone

on Wed, 03/12/2014 - 19:02

**UPDATE #2**

Esmeralda Espinosa turned herself into the Lee County Jail early this afternoon.  She has been charged with grand theft, as well as an additional outstanding bench warrant from 2011 for failing to show up in court on another theft case.  Upon speaking with a detective from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Espinosa gave a full confession to her role in the crime.

Crime Stoppers thanks our local media outlets for their assistance in putting Espinosa’s picture before the public’s eye, and to the tipsters who identified her.

Espinosa’s booking photo should be available later this

Armed Robbery at Waffle House

on Fri, 02/28/2014 - 16:29

Armed Robbery at Waffle House

Friday, February 28, 2014

LeeCounty sheriff's detectives are releasing surveillance photos of an early morning armed robbery at a Fort Myers restaurant.

At 3:14 a.m. on February 28, 2014, deputies were called to the Waffle House located at 9420 Daniels Parkway.  Witnesses say two armed men wearing masks entered the business and ordered everyone to the floor.  The victims were robbed of their belongings, and some were battered, before the suspects fled the business.  No one was seriously injured.

Detectives believe the robbery may be related to a series of violent

Rash of Robberies

on Fri, 02/28/2014 - 16:24

A rash of robberies has hit several Lee County businesses over the last few weeks. And with each incident, detectives are seeing increasing aggressiveness on the part of the suspects.  Trish Routte with Crime Stoppers has the stories of these robberies, and how your information could put a halt to the violence.

UPDATE: Suspected thief uses baby to shield stolen phone

on Fri, 02/28/2014 - 13:43


As a result of several Crime Stoppers tips, the woman who stole a cell phone, using her baby to cloak her theft, has been identified as Esmeralda Espinosa, DOB 7/9/91.  In addition to her current pending charges of grand theft, Espinosa coincidentally also has another active bench warrant for larceny theft, dating back to November 2011.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Espinosa is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477).  All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.  Tips may also be made online at

Bold Thief Heists Laptop from Employee Break Room

on Thu, 02/27/2014 - 21:58

February 27, 2014

Bold thief heists laptop from employee break room

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying an unknown male who lifted a laptop left in an employee break room at a Fort Myers Beach store last weekend.

According to detectives, the victim stored his laptop in the employee break room at the Publilx, located at 4791 Estero Boulevard, Fort Myers Beach, early Sunday evening, February 23, while working his shift.

Suspected Thief Uses Baby to Shield Stolen Phone

on Wed, 02/26/2014 - 21:03

February 26, 2014

Suspected thief uses baby to shield stolen phone

Southwest FloridaCrime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying a woman caught on camera stealing a cell phone, then using a baby as a means to disguise the crime.

The victim was shopping at Once Upon a Child, located at 11800 S. Cleveland Avenue around noon last Thursday, February 20th.  After paying for her purchases, she left the store, inadvertently leaving her phone behind.

Suspected Serial Stealer Targeting Area Stores

on Tue, 02/25/2014 - 19:20

February 22, 2012

Suspected serial stealer targeting area stores

Southwest FloridaCrime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying a man who is believed to have pilfered high end electronics from various Target stores over the last two months.

Detectives say they believe the same black male has gone into separate Target locations and stolen expensive electronics, varying from high end cameras to Play Station 4 video gaming consoles.  The first theft this suspect is linked to was on December 23rd at the Gulf Coast Town Center’s Target location.