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Armed robber is suspected of striking again

on Tue, 05/26/2015 - 23:11

May 26, 2015

Armed robber is suspected of striking again

Exactly two weeks after an unknown suspect robbed a Fort Myers bank at gunpoint, investigators with the Federal Bureau of Investigations say they believe the same crook struck again – this time in Martin County.

Lee County detectives are still investigating the May 9th robbery of the Chase bank, located at 13051 University Drive.  That afternoon, just before 2 p.m., a black male entered the bank, walked up to the counter and showed the bank teller a gun and letter demanding cash.

Copper wire, company truck heisted from Hertz construction site

on Tue, 05/26/2015 - 19:39

May 26, 2015

Copper wire, company truck heisted from Hertz construction site

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying up to four suspects who took advantage of the long holiday weekend and hauled more than $20,000 in copper wire off the Hertz construction site in Estero, and stole a Ford box truck in the process.

Detectives say that sometime between the afternoon hours of Sunday, May 24 and mid-day Monday, May 25th, a group of unknown suspects trespassed onto the Hertz property, located at 8501 Williams Road, and stole several large spools of copper wire

Crooks caught on camera making early morning rum run

on Mon, 05/25/2015 - 10:48

Crooks caught on camera making early morning rum run 

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying two men who broke into Doc Ford’s restaurant early last Sunday morning, and hauled off nearly $400 worth of rum. 

Surveillance cameras captured images of two men who walked up to the outdoor bar area of the restaurant, located at 708 Fisherman’s Wharf on Fort Myers Beach, around 2 a.m. on May 17th.  After casing the area for a few minutes, the men crawled over the bar and helped themselves to the bar’s rum collection, which was kept in a cabinet that hadn’t been

Deputies: Man Tried to Lure Girl into His Vehicle

on Fri, 05/22/2015 - 19:43

Friday, May 22, 2015

A Fort Myers man is under arrest after deputies say he tried to lure a 12 year old girl into his vehicle.

Deputies were called to the area of New York Drive and Railroad Avenue shortly after 7:00 this morning.  The victim stated she was walking to her school bus stop when a Hispanic male with short curly hair in a red, older model vehicle waved to her and said "get in the car and I'll give you $20."  The girl ran home and the vehicle took off.  When the girl arrived at her home, her parent called 9-1-1.

The victim was able to give deputies 5 of the 6 numbers to the

Reward increased in grisly cat killings

on Fri, 05/22/2015 - 15:10

May 22, 2015

Reward increased in grisly cat killings

In the wake of what is now seven cat mutilation deaths in Collier County, community partners have joined forces to increase the reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for these heinous crimes.

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers has joined forces with Volunteer Services for Animals, a non-profit corporation based out of Naples, to increase the reward to up to $2,500.  Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 and Volunteer Services for Animals is offering up to $1,500, with the hopes that the

Deputies searching for Wells Fargo bank robber

on Tue, 05/19/2015 - 18:11

May 19, 2015

                                                                                              **UPDATE #1**

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is releasing new video from the Wells Fargo bank robbery earlier this month, during which an unknown suspect made away with a heaping handful of cash.

Surveillance cameras captured images of the suspect waiting in line, then presenting the teller with a note demanding cash.  While the teller was stacking up money from her register, the suspect said he wanted even more cash.

Suspects sought in cloned card caper

on Mon, 05/18/2015 - 15:52

May 16, 2015

Suspects sought in cloned card caper 

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying two suspects who used a cloned credit card to make hundreds of dollars in fraudulent purchases. 

Investigators say the victim tried to use her debit card at a local store when her purchase was declined.  She immediately contacted her bank, and found out that the card had been blocked due to suspicious purchase activity.

Bank bandit still at large

on Mon, 05/18/2015 - 15:42

May 16, 2015 

Bank bandit still at large 

An armed assailant is still at large one week after holding up a Lee County bank, and Crime Stoppers needs the public’s help identifying him. 

Just after 1:30 p.m. last Saturday, May 9, an unknown black male walked into the Chase bank, located at 13051 University Drive, located just off Summerlin Road.  The robber, described to be in his late 20s or early 30s, presented a teller with a note demanding cash, while drawing his handgun at another bank employee.  After getting the cash, the man fled on foot, and hasn’t been seen since. 

The robber is

Crooks go on shopping spree on someone else’s dime

on Mon, 05/18/2015 - 15:12

May 16, 2015

Crooks go on shopping spree on someone else’s dime 

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying two men who went on a $2,200 shopping spree over the course of just over an hour, using credit card information somehow swiped from an unknowing victim’s account. 

Deputies say the victim had last used her credit card at a large retail store around 5:30 p.m. on March 9th.  Within an hour of her last legitimate purchase, someone managed to swipe all of her account information, likely using a skimming device, and load it onto a fraudulent card.

Armed robber holds up Palm Beach Boulevard convenience store

on Mon, 05/18/2015 - 12:24

May 17, 2015 

Armed robber holds up Palm Beach Boulevard convenience store 

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying a black male who held up a Fort Myers Speedway at gunpoint early yesterday evening. 

Just after 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, an unknown suspect walked into the Speedway, located at 4690 Palm Beach Boulevard, pointing a black handgun at the clerk and demanding all the cash in the register.  The clerk complied, and emptied the till, at which point the suspect fled on foot towards a neighborhood located directly behind the business.

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