Spotlight to focus on students standing up to bullying
In coordination with educators, law enforcement and citizens around the world, Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers will be joining forces on Monday, October 6th in support of “Blue Shirt Day – World Day of Bullying Prevention.”
For the last several years, Crime Stoppers has promoted the “Don’t Hate” philosophy within Southwest Florida schools through its text tipline for reporting bullying activity, DNTH8. Posters, public service announcements and even silicone rings have been distributed throughout the schools to help
As a result of several anonymous Crime Stoppers tips, the woman who stole sunglasses from the Sunglass Hut at Tanger Outlets earlier this week has been positively identified as Jennifer Goldstein, who may be using the name Jennifer Passaro (DOB 2/17/82). Goldstein/Passaro is a repeat offender in Lee County, with five previous arrests on a multitude of felony offenses.
Early morning bandit strikes same business four times in one month
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying an unknown person who targeted video gaming machines at a South Fort Myers business not once, not twice but four times in one month.
Throughout the month of September, the Elbow Room, located at 8711 Cypress Lake Drive, Suite 6, had been broken into four times – each time with the suspect smashing through the store’s glass front door, then targeting the video gaming machines at the back of the establishment.
Stolen credit card data used to load up on groceries
Southwest FloridaCrime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying a man who used stolen credit card information to purchase more than $300 in groceries from a North Fort Myers Winn Dixie store.
Detectives say an unknown white male went on a hearty food shopping trip on Monday, September 15th, just before 4 p.m. at the Winn Dixie on 5690 Bayshore Road N., North Fort Myers. In order to pay for the bags full of food, he used what appeared to be a legitimate credit or debit card.
Southwest FloridaCrime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying a woman who slyly snatched up several pairs of shades from the Sunglass Hut at Tanger Outlets Monday morning.
Detectives say the woman entered the store shortly after 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 29. Within just a few minutes, she can be seen on camera holding the sunglasses, which she slipped into her purse before leaving the store seemingly un-noticed.
A crime with one of the highest clearance rates is bank robberies. Most find themselves behind bars quickly, however detectives are still looking for two elusive robbers who have evaded arrest for quite some time. Trish Routte with Crime Stoppers has information on how your information may be able to close these cases.
Early this morning, Demetria Gray was taken into custody by the Fort Myers Police Department at a residence on Willard Street. When officers confronted her, she lied to them and gave them a bogus name, stating that she was not the person they were looking for. Gray was subsequently arrested and charged with grand theft, dealing in stolen property, providing false ownership information to a pawn broker, providing false information to a law enforcement officer and violation of probation. She has been booked into the Lee County Jail, where she is being held without bond.
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying and tracking down two women who worked in tandem to heist roughly $2,000 in jewelry from a Bonita Springs store recently.
Detectives say two black females, one believed to be in her 40s and one in her late teens or early 20s, entered the Flamingo Island Flea Market/Diamonds Forever jewelry store shortly after 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 13th. One woman walked around the store, while the second suspect engaged the sales associate in
She’s been jailed more than a dozen times before, and been convicted of thefts in multiple counties, and now Varaka Stewart is one of Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers 10 Most Wanted fugitives.
Stewart (DOB 12/25/85) is a repeat offender in Lee, Collier and Manatee Counties, charged with a long list of thefts, robbery, battery, burglary, trespassing, and giving false information to law enforcement officers, among other crimes.
Southwest FloridaCrime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying an unknown white male who boldly stole three television sets from the Lehigh Acres Wal Mart last week.
According to detectives, the man entered the store at 2523 Lee Boulevard, Lehigh Acres, just before 8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 15th. Surveillance cameras spotted him walking directly to the electronics section of the store, where he picked up three 40 inch flat screen television sets, and quickly ran out of the store with the TV’s in hand.