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**UPDATE**Thief steals device to keep track of police

on Mon, 01/04/2016 - 17:16

January 1, 2016 

Thief steals device to keep track of police 

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying a criminal couple who worked in cahoots to steal a $500 police scanner from a Fort Myers Radio Shack last weekend. 

Store employees say an unknown Hispanic male entered the store, located at 4901 Palm Beach Boulevard, just before 7 p.m. last Sunday, Dec. 27.  After spending a few minutes eyeing the selection of police scanners, he left empty handed.  Roughly five minutes later, he came back to the store, this time with a female companion.

Joint Collaboration Nets Bad Guys On The Gulf

on Wed, 12/30/2015 - 12:52

Joint Collaboration Nets Bad Guys On The Gulf

Friday, December 25, 2015

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office Marine, Aviation and Criminal Investigation Units were conducting proactive overnight patrols on the morning of December 24th specifically targeting boat thefts. At approximately 2 am, the Lee County Sheriff's Office received information regarding an in-progress boat theft in the area of Old Pelican Bay Drive, Fort Myers Beach.

The victim’s 36 foot Invincible center console was removed from its lift after thieves defeated several anti theft devices.

Burglars heist nearly $20,000 in jewelry and cash from gated community home

on Tue, 12/29/2015 - 18:31

December 29, 2015 

Burglars heist nearly $20,000 in jewelry and cash from gated community home 

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying two men who broke into a south Fort Myers home last week, taking off with nearly $20,000 in jewelry and cash. 

The victims left their Via Lago Way home secured around 6:30 p.m. last Wednesday, December 23rd.  The couple returned home just before 9 p.m.  The next morning, one of the homeowners realized the back door to his home’s bathroom had been pried open and his wife’s jewelry was missing.

Holiday thieves target two North Fort Myers stores

on Thu, 12/24/2015 - 13:24

December 24, 2015 

Holiday thieves target two North Fort Myers stores 

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying one or more individuals who stole hundreds of dollars in merchandise from North Fort Myers stores last week. 

The first incident occurred on Wednesday, Dec. 16th at the Wal Mart, located at 545 Pine Island Road.  Shortly after 8 p.m., a white male entered the store through the Garden Center, picked out a Samsung model HW-JM45 soundbar, valued at $228, and two kitchen knife sets, valued at $69 each, which he placed into his cart.

ID sought for armed Subway suspect

on Tue, 12/22/2015 - 11:58

December 20, 2015

ID sought for armed Subway suspect

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying an unknown man who held up an east Fort Myers Subway store at gunpoint earlier this week.

The suspect entered the Subway store, located at 4901 Palm Beach Boulevard, just after 10 a.m. on December 15th.  The man placed an order and proceeded to the register after his sandwich was made.  After handing over cash to pay for his meal, the man pulled out a handgun just as the register was being opened and demanded all the cash.

Bank robbery suspect still at large

on Fri, 12/11/2015 - 15:12

December 11, 2015

 

Bank robbery suspect still at large

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help providing any information or insight on the man who robbed a Punta Gorda bank at gunpoint two weeks ago.

On Monday, Nov. 30th, an unidentified man walked into the Busey Bank, located at 2815 Tamiami Trail in Punta Gorda, just after 1 p.m.  He immediately approached a teller and demanded cash, while implying that he was armed with a gun.  After receiving the money, he fled on foot in an unknown direction and, as of right now, he is still at large.

Detectives with the

Reward increased to $6,000 for arrest of North Fort Myers bank robber

on Thu, 12/10/2015 - 14:57

December 10, 2015

Reward increased to $6,000 for arrest of North Fort Myers bank robber

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying an unknown man who robbed a Wells Fargo bank last Thursday morning at gunpoint.

According to detectives, a man dressed in a hooded sweatshirt, gloves and a mask covering his face, entered the bank, located at 4099 Hancock Bridge Parkway, just after 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 3rd.  Despite the fact that there were customers in the bank at the time, the suspect boldly pointed a gun at one of the tellers and demanded money.

Suspect sought in Lee County crime spree

on Mon, 12/07/2015 - 12:54

December 6, 2015 

Suspect sought in Lee County crime spree 

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help tracking down a young man believed to be responsible for a series of car burglaries and thefts over the last few weeks. 

James Hildreth, DOB 7/4/95, has been linked by Lee County detectives to several car thefts and burglaries in the western part of Fort Myers recently.  Despite his young age, Hildreth is no stranger to deputies, having already amassed a growing rap sheet with felonies starting when he was just 15 years old.

Secret Stash Lands Convicted Felon Back in Jail

on Thu, 12/03/2015 - 18:47

Secret Stash Lands Convicted Felon Back in Jail

Thursday, December 3, 2015

A convicted felon that asked deputies to take his ex-girlfriend to jail got his wish, and then some. 

Jamie Sumter called deputies to his residence at 719 Fargo Drive, Fort Myers, to complain that his ex had broken his bedroom window, flattened the tires to his red Thunderbird and pepper sprayed him three times.

Deputies arrived in the area soon after to find the ex-girlfriend, Chanteria Williams, in a vehicle a few blocks from the residence.

North Fort Myers Wells Fargo Bank Robbery

on Thu, 12/03/2015 - 18:43

Thursday, December 3, 2015

On Thursday, December 3, 2015 at approximately 10:14 am, deputies with the Lee County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to the Wells Fargo Bank located at 4099 Hancock Bridge Parkway, North Fort Myers in reference to a robbery. Due to the nature of the incident, detectives with the Lee County Sheriff's Office Robbery Unit were assigned to continue the investigation.

Surveillance shows that a black male entered the bank, walked up to the counter and showed the bank teller a gun demanding cash. The suspect then fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash.

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