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NEW NEIGHBORHOOD SIGNS AIMED AT SOLVING CRIME

on Tue, 07/07/2015 - 15:15

July 7, 2015

New neighborhood signs aimed at solving crime 

On Wednesday, July 8, 20 new Crime Stoppers signs will be posted in targeted areas throughout Lee County, in hopes of encouraging residents to provide anonymous tips on crime activity in their neighborhoods. 

The signs will be installed by the Department of Transportation in areas where crime prevention specialists, and Crime Stoppers staff, felt would result in the most positive impact.  Signs are being posted in all corners of the county, with most in areas more prevalent to crime than others. 

“So often people witness things,

**UPDATE** Repeat offender behind bars after robbing senior citizen

on Mon, 07/06/2015 - 15:45

**UPDATE #1**

Original Press Release is below

After spending the last six months behind bars at the Lee County Jail, Charles Harner will now be calling a new location his home for the next two decades.

On Thursday, July 2, Harner was found guilty of the January 30th robbery and battery of a person age 65 or older at a Perkins parking lot in South Fort Myers.  Along with the guilty verdict came a sentence of 20 years in state prison. 

“Although Charles Harner has done prison time before, we are hopeful that his extended stay this time will give him the opportunity to reconsider the choices

Senior citizen brutally robbed at gunpoint

on Mon, 07/06/2015 - 10:56

July 4, 2015 

Senior citizen brutally robbed at gunpoint 

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying and tracking down two suspects who beat a 72 year old victim up at gunpoint, leaving the senior citizen tied up in his own home until neighbors found him early this morning. 

Detectives say the victim met the two suspects at North Shore Park on US 41, also known as Yankee Beach, around 10 p.m. last night.

Unlocked cars open the door for credit card thief

on Fri, 07/03/2015 - 18:08

July 3, 2015

Unlocked cars open the door for credit card thief

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying a man caught on surveillance cameras using a credit card stolen from an unlocked car.

The victim stated that two cars were parked in his Deal Road, North Fort Myers, driveway during the overnight hours of Saturday, June 27 and Sunday morning, June 28.  On Sunday morning, the victim received a fraud alert from one of his credit card companies indicating suspicious activity associated with his card.

Young thug sought for mugging senior citizen

on Mon, 06/29/2015 - 18:58

June 25, 2015 

Young thug sought for mugging senior citizen 

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying and tracking down a young Hispanic male who ran down a senior citizen, knocked her to the ground and stole her purse earlier this week. 

The 68 year old victim was walking towards the bus stop between TGI Fridays and Bed, Bath and Beyond at the Bell Tower Mall, 13499 Bell Tower Drive, around 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 23.  As she was nearing her destination, a young man crept up behind her at a fast pace and pushed her to the ground, before grabbing her purse.

Crook robs store, holds clerk at knifepoint **UPDATE**

on Mon, 06/29/2015 - 18:55

Nearly four months after a South Fort Myers convenience store was robbed, the man believed to be responsible for the crime is behind bars. 

Early this afternoon, members of the US Marshals Fugitive Warrants Task Force arrested Asad Khan, (DOB 3/17/73) for one count of armed robbery.  Khan was taken into custody on Iona Road and was booked into the Lee County Jail just after 1 p.m.  

This is Khan’s second arrest in two months in Lee County.  On May 29th, he was jailed for battery. He is currently being held without bond. 

Note:  Khan’s arrest photo from this afternoon is attached to this

ID sought of driver responsible for fatal hit and run

on Sat, 06/20/2015 - 18:17

June 19, 2015

ID sought of driver responsible for fatal hit and run

A 64 year old Fort Myers man was left for dead in the median of I-75 earlier this month, and now Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is hoping the public will be able to provide information on the driver involved in the fatal hit and run.

On Sunday, June 7, Randall Gossett was found lying in the median of northbound I-75, just north of the State Road 78 (Pine Island Road) exit ramp around 11 a.m.

Senior citizen scammed by sweet talker

on Sat, 06/20/2015 - 18:04

June 19, 2015

Senior citizen scammed by sweet talker

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying several individuals who detectives say worked in collaboration to steal a senior citizens wallet.

The 73 year old victim was shopping at Marshall’s department store at the Gulf Coast Town Center around 3 p.m. on Friday, March 13th when a young Hispanic male approached her, and asked if she could help him pick out a present for his mother.

Distractive duo suspected of coping credit cards

on Mon, 06/15/2015 - 14:50

June 11, 2015 

Distractive duo suspected of coping credit cards 

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying a couple who are believed to have worked in cahoots to distract a shopper, and swipe her wallet out of her purse before going on a high tech shopping spree with stolen cards. 

The victim was shopping at the Ross department store, located at 8022 Mediterranean Drive, Estero, in the early evening hours of June 6th when she was approached by an unknown Hispanic female.

Stolen card used for booze run

on Mon, 06/15/2015 - 12:17

June 12, 2015 

Stolen card used for booze run 

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying two people believed to have used a cloned credit card to rack up more than $300 in alcohol and food purchases in North Fort Myers. 

While checking her bank statement, the victim discovered several charges made in one day using her debit card number.  The victim was neither in North Fort Myers when the charges were made, and was still in possession of her debit card.

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