Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying and tracking down three men who held a family of seven at gunpoint Saturday morning during the course of a home invasion robbery.
Detectives say the trio entered the Manuel Street E. home just after 6:15 a.m. on Saturday, January 9. Over the course of a few hours, the men scoured the house, while two adults and five juvenile children were contained at gunpoint. The men left in a dark colored four door vehicle.
Car burglaries, thefts on the rise throughout Lee County
The new year is starting off with a significant spike in car burglaries and thefts, with more than a dozen reported from Fort Myers Beach to North Fort Myers within the last two weeks alone. The common denominator in almost every instance is unlocked doors.
On Tuesday night alone, four cars were stolen on Fort Myers Beach, and others broken into. Unfortunately, car owners made it easy for the thieves by leaving their vehicles unlocked, and some even left the keys in the ignition.
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying two black males who tried to claim cash for an item stolen during a Lehigh Acres car burglary.
The owner said he parked his locked vehicle at his East 15th Street home around 10 p.m. on December 5th. Shortly after 4 a.m. the next morning, he found that someone had smashed through the rear passenger side window of his car and removed a subwoofer, an amplifier and a Duralast brand wheel bearing that was still in a box, with the receipt attached.
Theft suspect sought after taking a bite out of store employee
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help tracking down a theft suspect who bit a Target loss prevention officer to avoid arrest.
Around 5 p.m. on December 22nd, two black females entered the Target store, located at 13711 S. Tamiami Trail, both wheeling carts. Loss prevention officers with Target first noticed the women in the clothing area, where they each selected several items and placed them in their respective carts.
Troup of lotto scammers had profitable year and are still scouting victims
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying a group of individuals working in unison to scam vulnerable victims of out of thousands of dollars in cash.
Over the last year, a core group of individuals, comprised of four or more suspects, have targeted individuals from Immokalee to Fort Myers to Hendry County with a phony story of a winning lottery ticket and a need for help in getting it cashed.
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying a criminal couple who worked in cahoots to steal a $500 police scanner from a Fort Myers Radio Shack last weekend.
Store employees say an unknown Hispanic male entered the store, located at 4901 Palm Beach Boulevard, just before 7 p.m. last Sunday, Dec. 27. After spending a few minutes eyeing the selection of police scanners, he left empty handed. Roughly five minutes later, he came back to the store, this time with a female companion.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office Marine, Aviation and Criminal Investigation Units were conducting proactive overnight patrols on the morning of December 24th specifically targeting boat thefts. At approximately 2 am, the Lee County Sheriff's Office received information regarding an in-progress boat theft in the area of Old Pelican Bay Drive, Fort Myers Beach.
The victim’s 36 foot Invincible center console was removed from its lift after thieves defeated several anti theft devices.
Burglars heist nearly $20,000 in jewelry and cash from gated community home
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying two men who broke into a south Fort Myers home last week, taking off with nearly $20,000 in jewelry and cash.
The victims left their Via Lago Way home secured around 6:30 p.m. last Wednesday, December 23rd. The couple returned home just before 9 p.m. The next morning, one of the homeowners realized the back door to his home’s bathroom had been pried open and his wife’s jewelry was missing.
Holiday thieves target two North Fort Myers stores
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying one or more individuals who stole hundreds of dollars in merchandise from North Fort Myers stores last week.
The first incident occurred on Wednesday, Dec. 16th at the Wal Mart, located at 545 Pine Island Road. Shortly after 8 p.m., a white male entered the store through the Garden Center, picked out a Samsung model HW-JM45 soundbar, valued at $228, and two kitchen knife sets, valued at $69 each, which he placed into his cart.
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying an unknown man who held up an east Fort Myers Subway store at gunpoint earlier this week.
The suspect entered the Subway store, located at 4901 Palm Beach Boulevard, just after 10 a.m. on December 15th. The man placed an order and proceeded to the register after his sandwich was made. After handing over cash to pay for his meal, the man pulled out a handgun just as the register was being opened and demanded all the cash.