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Kyle Byrtus Homicide

on Fri, 02/21/2014 - 15:38

A young Lee County man, who seemed destined for a life of success, was found dead in a desolate Lehigh Acres field last fall.  Detectives have worked tirelessly to find his killer, but they need the public’s help.  Trish Routte with Crime Stoppers has the story.

Slight of Hand Leaves Victim without Wallet

on Tue, 02/18/2014 - 18:32

February 18, 2014

Slight of hand leaves victim without wallet

Southwest FloridaCrime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying a man who was caught on camera swiping a wallet that had inadvertently been left on the check out counter of a Lehigh Acres store.

According to the victim, he was at the customer service desk at the Wal Mart on Lee Boulevard, Lehigh Acres, around 10:45 p.m. on January 7th.  After completing his transaction, he accidentally left his wallet on the counter before leaving the store.  When he went back inside to retrieve his wallet, it had vanished.

ID's Sought in Early Morning Robberies

on Tue, 02/18/2014 - 17:11

February 16, 2014

ID’s sought in early morning robberies

Southwest FloridaCrime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying suspects responsible for two robberies which occurred between 4:18 and 5:30 this morning.

Surveillance video captured images of the suspects at both locations perpetrating their acts of violence.  The first was reported at 4:18 a.m. at the Circle K, located at 19101 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers.  Two thin black males, donning ski masks, entered the store and demanded cash from the clerks at gunpoint.  After emptying the registers, the men fled on foot.

Gas Station Robbery Foiled by Determined Clerk

on Tue, 02/18/2014 - 17:02

February 15, 2014

Gas station robbery foiled by determined clerk

Southwest FloridaCrime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying a man who attempted to rob a Chevron gas station last night, however ended up leaving empty handed.

Detectives say a fully masked and gloved man burst into the Chevron gas station at 6860 Daniels Parkway, Fort Myers, shortly after 7:30 p.m. on Friday, February 14.  The man, described as light skinned, donning rubber gloves and a light colored bandana, had a towel draped over his hand, implying that he had a gun.

UPDATE #2: Crime Stoppers press release: ID sought for DVD bandit

on Thu, 02/13/2014 - 21:25

**UPDATE #2**

Detectives with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office arrested Dale Russum this afternoon at 3:25 p.m. for the 7-11 theft.  He was just booked into the Lee County Jail, charged with grand theft.  A judge will determine if Russum will be granted bond during first appearance hearing Friday morning.

Southwest FloridaCrime Stoppers thanks the public for their assistance in identifying Russum, and to the diligent detectives with the Sheriff’s Office who worked to track Russum down this afternoon.

Note:  Russum’s booking photo from this afternoon is attached to this release.


 

UPDATE: Crime Stoppers press release: ID sought for DVD bandit

on Thu, 02/13/2014 - 20:27

**UPDATE**

As a result of anonymous Crime Stoppers tips received over the last 24 hours, the man accused of heisting DVDs from a South Fort Myers 7-11 convenience store has been identified as Dale Russum (DOB 6/6/66).  Russum is no stranger to a life of crime, having racked up 12 arrests in Lee County – his most recent being just 10 days ago when he was jailed on a traffic offense.

Senior citizen victimized by suspicious swiper

on Wed, 02/12/2014 - 19:06

February 12, 2014

Senior citizen victimized by suspicious swiper

Southwest FloridaCrime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying a young man who snatched a wallet accidentally left behind at a grocery store, then wasted no time charging up fraudulent purchases.

According to detectives, the woman was in the check out line at the Publix store located at 15880 Summerlin Road, Fort Myers, when she pulled out her wallet to pay for groceries.  Upon leaving the store, she forgot her wallet on the counter.

ID sought for DVD bandit

on Tue, 02/11/2014 - 20:05

February 11, 2014

ID sought for DVD bandit

Southwest FloridaCrime Stoppers is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a man who helped himself to roughly $300 in DVD’s from a convenience store last week.

Surveillance cameras caught the suspect walking into the 7-11 store at 11700 S. Cleveland Avenue, Fort Myers, shortly after 7:30 p.m. last Wednesday, February 5.  After a brief stop in the restroom, the man walked over to the DVD stand and loaded every single disk into his grey backpack before leaving the store.

UPDATE - Crime Stoppers press release: Purse thief caught red handed

on Tue, 02/11/2014 - 17:47

February 11, 2014

**UPDATE**

Thanks to a combination of Crime Stoppers tips, and the cooperation of the suspect himself, the man accused of stealing an 80 year old woman’s purse has been identified as Terry Cartright, DOB 7/30/63.  Cartright was arrested at his North Fort Myers home at 12:10 this afternoon.

Shortly after the surveillance photos were sent out to local media outlets, several anonymous tips came in identifying Cartright as the suspect.

Pierre Dervil Homicide

on Fri, 02/07/2014 - 18:21

A killer remains at large after taking the life of a Cape Coral man in early January.  Detectives are piecing together the puzzle of his murder, put need one last bit of information to ensure that justice is served.  Trish Routte with Crime Stoppers has the story.

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