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.
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying a man caught on surveillance cameras making expensive purchases on a credit card created under the guise of a false identity.
According to detectives, the victim realized in late February that his identity had been compromised when he received a phone call from American Express confirming that he had applied for a credit card account – which he had not.
As of late last night, all five men involved in the armed robbery of a Bonita Springs resident Sunday evening have been taken into custody. Early yesterday morning, detectives arrested Jose Garcia (DOB 3/6/88) for his involvement in the crime, charging him with armed robbery and resisting arrest. Detectives worked relentlessly throughout the day and late last night, they located Milton Duque (DOB 3/24/94) and Joshua Goday (DOB 11/14/93) at a residence on Coconut Road.
It’s been twenty years to the day since the unexplained disappearance of Phillip Koss (d.o.b. 11/20/1970 of Sarasota, Fla). Koss was last seen on Monday, March 13, 1995 in the vicinity of the 400 block of Van Buren Street off Palm Beach Boulevard. A week later his vehicle was located abandoned in Sarasota, Florida.
“We have attached an age progressed photograph that would possibly depict what Philip might look like today. We urge anyone with information that may shed light on this case to please come forward,” said Detective Sergeant Brian O’Reilly.
Damien Licquia (DOB 5-8-97) was located in North Fort Myers and was taken into custody without incident. North District Deputies located Licquia and arrested him at 10:38 P.M. this evening.
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Four teenagers are under arrest following a violent and brazen crime spree that began early Saturday morning in North Fort Myers. The teens now face charges including Home Invasion Robbery, Carjacking, Kidnapping and Sexual Battery. A fifth suspect remains at large.
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying and tracking down a white male who robbed a Bonita Springs 7-11 convenience store early this morning.
According to witnesses, a white male, in his 20s, came into the store, located at 4520 Bonita Beach Road, around 4:15 a.m. The suspect implied that he had a gun in his pocket and demanded all the cash in the drawers. While the clerk was gathering up the money, the suspect reached over the counter and grabbed several $25 scratch off lottery tickets. Upon receipt of the money, he then asked for Newport cigarettes.
In late 2014, detectives with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation into the theft of several Ford F-series trucks. These thefts continued through the first few weeks of 2015, during which time several businesses in the Lehigh Acres and central Fort Myers area were impacted. Detectives compared notes and discovered that near the locations of these vehicle thefts, there were also large clusters of burglaries occurring during those same time frames.
Just five days after the creation of the Go Fund Me entitled “Stop Illegal Dog Fighting,” $22,842 has been raised to enhance rewards for information leading to the arrest of individuals involved with the abuse of animals in Southwest Florida. That number continues to grow daily, from as small as a $10 donation one hour ago, to a substantial $10,000 anonymous donation made last night.
“The community is stepping up in large fashion to make a strong statement that animal abuse will not be tolerated,” said Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Coordinator.