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Suspects sought in attempted hotel carjacking

on Mon, 04/13/2015 - 13:02

Suspects sought in attempted hotel carjacking 

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying and tracking down two masked men who attempted to carjack a hotel employee earlier this month. 

The victim told detectives that he had just arrived at work at the Hilton Garden Inn, located at 16410 Corporate Commerce Way, Fort Myers, around 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 2, when two unknown men started yelling at him.  The men quickly approached the victim and demanded his car keys, with one of the suspects brandishing a black and silver semi-automatic gun.

Search is on for Subway robber

on Thu, 04/09/2015 - 19:23

**UPDATE #1** 

Two new photos, as well as video, from Monday night’s robbery at the Subway in Bonita Springs, is now available.  Attached are two enhanced photos of the suspect (in .png files), as well as a video of the suspect entering the store.

Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect 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 www.swflcrimestoppers.org or by texting a tip to CRIMES (274637) Keyword: REWARD.

For additional information,

Anonymous donor increases reward in unsolved Cape homicide

on Mon, 04/06/2015 - 14:25

Anonymous donor increases reward in unsolved Cape homicide 

In hopes of generating new leads in the 2014 murder of Cape Coral resident Al Griffiths, Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is working with an anonymous donor who this afternoon has pledged a $9,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the man responsible for gunning down a manager in front of his workplace. 

Griffiths was on break, sitting in front of the TJ Maxx store he managed at 1502 Del Prado Boulevard, just before 9 p.m.

Arrest Made in Cape Royal Home Invasion

on Tue, 03/31/2015 - 18:42

Arrest Made in Cape Royal Home Invasion

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Robbery detectives have made an arrest in Wednesday night's armed home invasion in the Cape Royal community.

On March 25 at approximately 9:46 p.m., deputies were called to 11574 Royal Tee Circle, Cape Coral.  Due to the nature of the crime, the Lee County Sheriff's Office Robbery Unit assumed the investigation.

The victims, a husband and wife, say they were in their home when the front door bell rang.  The male victim opened the front door but no one was there.

Spoof Phone Call Rings too Close to Home

on Mon, 03/30/2015 - 16:57

Spoof Phone Call Rings too Close to Home

Monday, March 30, 2015

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office wants the public to be aware of several incidents that have occurred over the past several days involving caller ID spoofing and the impersonation of a Sheriff’s employee demanding money in lieu of arrest for an outstanding bench warrant. Unfortunately, the male caller was successful in convincing one frightened victim to purchase $7,000 in reloadable gift cards before a legitimate deputy sheriff was able to intervene and put an end to the on-going scam.

The calls were similar in nature with the

Scam artist hacks into victim’s personal ID

on Wed, 03/25/2015 - 18:56

Scam artist hacks into victim’s personal ID

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying a man caught on surveillance cameras making expensive purchases on a credit card created under the guise of a false identity.

According to detectives, the victim realized in late February that his identity had been compromised when he received a phone call from American Express confirming that he had applied for a credit card account – which he had not.

Robbers on the run after threatening to kill Bonita man

on Tue, 03/24/2015 - 12:33

**UPDATE #3**

As of late last night, all five men involved in the armed robbery of a Bonita Springs resident Sunday evening have been taken into custody.  Early yesterday morning, detectives arrested Jose Garcia (DOB 3/6/88) for his involvement in the crime, charging him with armed robbery and resisting arrest.  Detectives worked relentlessly throughout the day and late last night, they located Milton Duque (DOB 3/24/94) and Joshua Goday (DOB 11/14/93) at a residence on Coconut Road.

“Police Look for Clues in Two Decade Old Missing Person Case”

on Wed, 03/18/2015 - 11:48

It’s been twenty years to the day since the unexplained disappearance of Phillip Koss (d.o.b. 11/20/1970 of Sarasota, Fla). Koss was last seen on Monday, March 13, 1995 in the vicinity of the 400 block of Van Buren Street off Palm Beach Boulevard. A week later his vehicle was located abandoned in Sarasota, Florida.

“We have attached an age progressed photograph that would possibly depict what Philip might look like today. We urge anyone with information that may shed light on this case to please come forward,” said Detective Sergeant Brian O’Reilly.

Anyone with information is asked to the

Education on binge drinking is key for local students

on Wed, 03/18/2015 - 11:40

Community collaboration: Lee County Sheriff, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and Lee Coalition for Drug-Free SWFL join together 

Spring Break inspires teen-focused campaign to curb underage drinking, protect reputations

 

With spring break right around the corner, and Lee County recognized as one of the top destinations in the nation for college students, it is important to talk about the dangers of binge drinking.   

But according to Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Coordinator for the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and Heather Burton, Continuum Services Coordinator at the Hazelden Betty Ford

Four Teens Arrested Following Violent Crime Spree

on Wed, 03/18/2015 - 11:32
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Damien Licquia (DOB 5-8-97) was located in North Fort Myers and was taken into custody without incident.  North District Deputies located Licquia and arrested him at 10:38 P.M. this evening. 

***Original Press Release***

Four teenagers are under arrest following a violent and brazen crime spree that began early Saturday morning in North Fort Myers.  The teens now face charges including Home Invasion Robbery, Carjacking, Kidnapping and Sexual Battery.  A fifth suspect remains at large.

At approximately 3:30 a.m.

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