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Tow truck driver shot after argument with a stranger

on Wed, 05/18/2016 - 10:04

May 17, 2016

 

Tow truck driver shot after argument with a stranger

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help tracking down an unknown male, and the silver Nissan he was driving, after a verbal altercation turned violent yesterday afternoon.

The victim, who is employed by a local tow truck company, pulled into the Old Fashion Auto, located at 1209 Homestead Road in Lehigh just after 5 p.m. on Monday, May 16.  As he was unloading a vehicle from his truck, an unknown Hispanic male became agitated because he felt the driver was blocking the driveway.

Accused child molester captured in Nicaragua

on Fri, 05/13/2016 - 09:58

May 12, 2016

 

**UPDATE #1**

Late this morning, Nelson Sanderson was brought back to Southwest Florida from Miami and is now in the custody of the Lee County Jail, where he is being held without bond.  He is charged with two counts of lewd and lascivious behavior on a victim under 12 years of age.

Today’s booking photo is attached to this release.

Couple sought for failed attempts at fraudulent purchases

on Wed, 05/11/2016 - 14:25

May 11, 2016

 

Couple sought for failed attempts at fraudulent purchases

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying a couple who tried to use stolen credit cards at two east Lee County stores.

The victim stated that she parked her car in the driveway of her Lake Run Drive home in Gateway around 5:30 p.m. on April 26th.  When she woke up the next morning, she discovered a text alert from American Express in reference to attempts to use her credit card at the Lehigh Express and a Shell gas station on State Road 82 between the hours of 1 a.m. and 3:30 a.m.

Suspect sought in at least two Lehigh car burglaries

on Tue, 05/10/2016 - 13:46

May 10, 2016 

Suspect sought in at least two Lehigh car burglaries 

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying an unknown suspect who is believed to have broken into at least two Lehigh cars, stealing thousands of dollars in cash, credit cards and expensive personal belongings. 

The first incident was reported on Sunday, April 11 in the 300 block of University Drive in Lehigh.  The victim stated that sometime between the hours of 6 p.m. on April 10 and 7 a.m.

Thieving foursome loots lingerie store

on Mon, 05/09/2016 - 15:21

May 9, 2016

Thieving foursome loots lingerie store 

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying four females who heisted more than $1,000 in merchandise from a Bell Tower shop last Friday. 

Store employees stated that four black females, carrying oversized bags, entered the Victoria’s Secret store, located at 13499 S. Cleveland Avenue, just after 1 p.m. on Friday, May 6.  After meandering through the store for about five minutes, all four women left the business together, setting off the store’s alarm system.

Accused child molester captured in Nicaragua

on Thu, 05/05/2016 - 11:28

May 4, 2016

Accused child molester captured in Nicaragua

After nearly four years on the run from charges of lewd and lascivious molestation of a child, Nelson Sanderson has been taken into custody in Central America, and within the last half hour arrived in Miami with members of the US Marshals Service at his side.

A warrant for the arrest of Sanderson was issued on July 27, 2012, after being accused of two counts of the lewd and lascivious molestation of a child under the age of 12.  According to the arrest capias, Sanderson was accused of performing extremely repulsive acts on a child on

Crook caught on camera during Lehigh theft

on Mon, 05/02/2016 - 12:10

Crook caught on camera during Lehigh theft

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying an unknown man who stole a water pressure tank during broad daylight from a Lehigh Acres home last week. 

Just before 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 26, an unidentified Hispanic male pulled up to a home in the 2700 block of Sunshine Boulevard N. and made his way to the side of the house, where the water system was hooked up.  The man methodically dismantled the system and carried the tank back to an older model Chevy Astro van, then left with the stolen items in tow.

Midnight robber sought on Fort Myers Beach

on Thu, 04/21/2016 - 12:45

April 21, 2016

Midnight robber sought on Fort Myers Beach

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying and tracking down an armed man who robbed a Fort Myers Beach restaurant just after midnight this morning.

An employee of the Pier Side Grill, located at 1000 Estero Boulevard, was tallying the night’s proceeds around 12:15 a.m. when an unknown male approached her from behind.  He pulled her hair back, then pushed her forward, and demanded all the cash on hand.

Update #3

on Tue, 04/19/2016 - 16:23

A repeat offender arrested in late 2014 for armed robbery and occupied burglary with a firearm was finally sentenced this morning to two life sentences.  Johnny Wade was found guilty last month on both counts, and this morning he was sentenced to the two life terms of his actions.  Wade will remain in custody at the Lee County Jail until being transferred to a state prison facility.

“The dedication of the justice system and the hard work and tenacity of the robbery detectives who worked this case came to a successful end this morning,” said Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Coordinator.

Suspect sought in Lehigh home invasion robbery

on Tue, 04/19/2016 - 10:32

April 15, 2016

Suspect sought in Lehigh home invasion robbery

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying and tracking down an unknown man who boldly entered a Lehigh home during broad daylight and robbed a woman at gunpoint.

The victim walked into her home on 12th Street SW in Lehigh just after 10 a.m. on March 16, after taking her dog out.  When she closed the door behind her, she left it unlocked.  Moments later, she walked into the kitchen and heard her front door open, and saw a black male pointing a black handgun at her, demanding drugs and cash.

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