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Thief may be responsible for series of holiday weekend break-ins

on Thu, 07/16/2015 - 19:46

July 16, 2015

Thief may be responsible for series of holiday weekend break-ins

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying and tracking down an unknown suspect who broke into at least one, but possibly up to four, businesses over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Surveillance cameras captured images of the man who managed to make entry into Hertz Rental Equipment, 27500 Riverview Center, Bonita Springs, between July 2 and 6.  Once inside, he pried open several offices, using what appears to be a screwdriver, removing several laptops.

Senior’s stolen card used at Lehigh store

on Thu, 07/16/2015 - 14:27

July 16, 2015

Senior’s stolen card used at Lehigh store

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying an unknown woman who used a credit card stolen from a senior citizen to rack up nearly $1,000 in purchases at a Lehigh 7-Eleven.

The 70 year old victim had been at the 7-Eleven convenience store on Sunshine Boulevard early in the day on June 23rd.  At some point after that, the man’s wallet, containing several credit cards, had gone missing or was stolen.

Thief pilfers thousands from Dollar Store

on Tue, 07/14/2015 - 11:55

July 13, 2015

Thief pilfers thousands from Dollar Store

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying a thief who broke into the North Fort Myers Dollar Store, stealing more than $3,000 in glass pipes.

Surveillance cameras captured images of the man smashing through a display case at the store, located at 1890 N. Tamiami Trail, just before 2 a.m. on Monday, July 6.  The suspect was able to gain entry to the store after shattering a glass window on the side of the business.

Lehigh casino robbed by armed bandits

on Mon, 07/13/2015 - 15:28

July 11, 2015 

Lehigh casino robbed by armed bandits 

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying two black males who held up a Lehigh Acres casino at gunpoint last night. 

Around 10:40 p.m. on Friday, July 10, two masked black males entered the Speak Easy Arcade, located at 1140 Lee Boulevard.  Both men were brandishing firearms and immediately approached an employee and demanded cash.  Both suspects punched the woman in the face and left with two bags of cash.  They were last seen headed towards Homestead Road. 

The men, who were wearing all black clothing,

Senior citizen brutally robbed at gunpoint

on Thu, 07/09/2015 - 16:56

**UPDATE #1**

Both suspects in the violent robbery of a North Fort Myers senior citizen were arrested this morning, and are currently enroute to the Lee County Jail.

Myles Cope (DOB 10/14/78) and Courtney Collins (6/21/90) were arrested just before 9 a.m. this morning at the Crestwood Suites, located off US 41 in South Fort Myers, by members of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office’s Fugitive Warrants Unit.  Both are being charged initially with robbery with a firearm, false imprisonment and felony battery.

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.

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