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ID sought in armed robbery at Lehigh Family Dollar

on Thu, 01/08/2015 - 16:02

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying a masked gunman who robbed the Family Dollar store in Lehigh Acres around 7:30 p.m. last night, January 7th.

According to detectives, a tall male, of unknown race, dressed in all black and donning a black ski mask, walked into the store, located at 1111 Homestead Road, in the early evening hours and immediately approached the cashier.  The suspect pulled out a black, full sized semi-automatic pistol and ordered the employee to put all the cash from the register into his bag.

Accused child rapist back behind bars after nearly a decade on the run

on Wed, 01/07/2015 - 18:37

An accused child rapist was taken into custody this morning, nearly 10 years to the day after he allegedly sexually abused a teenage girl.

Martin Galnarez, DOB 5/6/74, was arrested shortly after 11 a.m. this morning in Corpus Christi, TX, as a result of an anonymous Crime Stoppers tip.  The charges against Galnarez first came to light in January 2005, when he was accused of getting the young girl drunk, then raping her on at least two occasions.

Reward increased for arrest of canine killer

on Wed, 12/31/2014 - 15:07

Just days after a three year old German Shepherd was shot to death in his own backyard, anonymous donors are stepping up to the plate and adding to the reward being offered by Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers for the person responsible for the crime.

Shortly before 6 a.m. on Sunday, December 28th, Kenneth Harrison awoke to gunfire outside his house on Towles Street.  He found his dog “Hank” with gunshot wounds to his hind leg, front paw and side – injuries which later caused Hank’s death.

Family increases reward in hopes of finding a killer

on Mon, 12/15/2014 - 12:27

**UPDATE #1**

Now that the entire Garcia family has arrived in town, they decided this morning to offer an additional $3,000 reward, on top of the initial $5,000 which was offered yesterday.  So now, in total, the reward amount for information leading to an arrest in Rene Garcia’s murder is $9,000 ($8,000 from the family and $1,000 from Crime Stoppers).

For additional information, contact Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Coordinator, at

Note to the media:  Family members are respectfully declining any media interviews at this time.

Nearly 48 hours after the murder of

ID sought for attempted attacker

on Mon, 12/15/2014 - 12:14

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying an unknown Hispanic male who attempted to sexually assault a female at a mobile home park last Wednesday morning.

Detectives say the victim was walking back to her home at the Covered Wagon Mobile Home Park, located at 21450 S. Tamiami Trail, around 6 a.m. on Wednesday, December 3.  She immediately noticed a man nearby, who began to follow her back to her trailer.  During that time, the man called out to her several times, however she ignored his statements.

Car may be key to tracking down home invasion robbery suspects

on Thu, 12/04/2014 - 12:59

**UPDATE #2**

Early this morning, Johnny Wade turned himself in at the Lee County Jail.  He is charged with residential home invasion robbery with a firearm, and is currently being held without bond.

Crime Stoppers appreciates the media and the public’s assistance in bringing this violent crime to a conclusion.

Note:  This morning’s booking photo of Johnny Wade is attached to this release.

**UPDATE #1**

One of the suspects in last Tuesday's home invasion robbery has now been identified.

Suspects sought in Thanksgiving Eve shooting

on Wed, 12/03/2014 - 16:38

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help tracking down a violent foursome who shot a man after a foiled robbery attempt on Thanksgiving Eve.

According to the victim, four young men wearing masks and dark clothing approached him shortly after 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 26th, while he was sitting on his front porch at 10901 Bonita Drive in Bonita Springs. The men demanded money and, initially, the victim thought the men were joking and he refused.  At that point, one of the men then shot the victim in the leg, before all four scattered on foot.

Anyone with information