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Cardboard a commodity for confident crooks

on Mon, 04/20/2015 - 20:11

April 20, 2015 

Cardboard a commodity for confident crooks 

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying two men who heisted more than $600 in compressed cardboard from Costo last week. 

According to detectives, two men pulled up to the Costo, located at 7171 Cypress Lake Drive, just after 3:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 14th.  Surveillance cameras captured images of the men exiting a white, two door box truck as they pulled up next to the loading dock at the south side of the building.

Deputies Seek Driver for Hit and Run Crash

on Mon, 04/20/2015 - 13:30
Monday, April 20, 2015

CORRECTION:  This crash occurred in the area of 8th Street SW and Floyd Avenue S.

(Initial release sent on 4/20/15 at 9:17 am)

April 18, 2015 

Information sought in Lehigh armed robbery 

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying a man who held a store clerk at gunpoint last night in Lehigh Acres. 

According to detectives, an unknown black male entered the Auto Zone store, located at 2903 Lee Boulevard, just after 8:30 p.m. on Friday, April 17.  The man pointed a gun at the employee, ordering them to open the safe and cash drawer.

Deputies Seek Driver for Hit and Run Crash

on Mon, 04/20/2015 - 13:21

Deputies Seek Driver for Hit and Run Crash

Monday, April 20, 2015

Deputies with the Lee County Sheriff's Office Traffic Unit are investigating a hit and run that left two women with serious injuries.

On Saturday, April 18, 2015 at approximately 8:30 p.m., deputies responded to a call regarding a traffic crash that occurred in the area of 8th Street SW near Yvonne Avenue in Lehigh Acres. The women were walking on the shoulder of the road when they were struck by an unknown colored 2009-2011 Ford F150.

As a result of the crash, the entire passenger side mirror and mirror housing were

ID sought for tablet thief

on Thu, 04/16/2015 - 20:13

ID sought for tablet thief 

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying a man caught on camera taking a tablet that didn’t belong to him. 

The victim had been shopping at the Winn Dixie, located at 18751 Three Oaks Parkway, Fort Myers, just before 4 p.m. on Monday, April 13th.  After unloading his purchases into the car, his wife returned the shopping cart, accidentally leaving the $900 tablet behind.  When the victim returned to the store in search of his tablet, it was long gone.

Reward increased in Monday morning bank robbery

on Thu, 04/16/2015 - 10:32

April 15, 2015

Reward increased in Monday morning bank robbery 

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying and tracking down two men who held up a North Fort Myers bank earlier this week, and to encourage people in the know to come forward, Wells Fargo is offering an additional $5,000 in reward money. 

On Monday morning, April 13, two black males entered the Wells Fargo branch, located at 5500 Bayshore Road, brandishing firearms.  The men quickly jumped over the counters and demanded cash from the tellers.

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

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