Thief targets occupied car for late night burglary
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying a man suspected of breaking into a parked, occupied car, and stealing a briefcase from the trunk.
The victim pulled up to the Race Trac, located at 5570 Lee Boulevard, Lehigh Acres, around 11 p.m. on May 2nd, and left his teenage son in the car while the driver went inside. When the father returned, his son told him that a black male pulled up behind his car and opened, then shut, the trunk before taking off.
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying a man who went grocery shopping last weekend, but ended up leaving the store with nothing but a stolen red purse in hand.
The victim was shopping at the Publix grocery store, located at 11600 Gladilolus Drive, last Sunday morning, May 31, when she left her purse in the grocery cart while she browsed at several items. Unbeknownst to her, an unknown male quickly grabbed the purse and walked out the door, holding the woman’s red purse.
Nearly two months after the robbery at the Bonita Springs Subway store, detectives are still trying to identify the man responsible.
Anyone who can place a name with this suspect’s face is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477). All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000. Tips may also be made online at www.swflcrimestoppers.org or by texting a tip to CRIMES (274637) Keyword: REWARD.
Note: Video and still surveillance photos of the suspect are attached to this release.
As a result of anonymous Crime Stoppers tips, the suspect in last week’s Go Pro thefts has gone to a new place – the Lee County Jail.
Billy Jack Monday (DOB 6/27/73) was arrested just before midnight on Saturday, May 30, charged with three counts of dealing in stolen property, two counts of grand theft, two counts of larceny theft, as well as fraud.
This weekend’s arrest was number 14 for Monday, who has been jailed previously in Lee County for battery, theft, numerous violations of probation, as well as battery on a pregnant victim.
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help tracking down a man who stole three Go Pro cameras from the same store on three separate occasions within the last week alone.
The latest incident occurred yesterday evening, May 26th, when loss prevention officers at the Target store, located at 13711 S. Tamiami Trail, alerted deputies of a man who selected a Go Pro camera, priced at $299.00, and proceeded to slip the camera under his shirt, before walking out the store’s front door.
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying a man who passed off a phony check for more than $480 at a Lee County supermarket.
Detectives say a tall, thin black male went on a hefty shopping spree at the Publix store, located at 13650 Fiddlesticks Boulevard, last month. After making his purchases, the customer wrote a check for $487.23, using what is believed to be a fraudulent Florida driver license. Then man left the store unquestioned, however several days later, the check was returned as fraudulent.
Couples work in cahoots during scented shoplifting
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying several individuals involved in a distraction theft Monday afternoon, where two couples worked in unison to steal nearly $800 in perfume.
The first couple walked in the Ulta beauty store, located at 13499 S. Cleveland Ave., just before 8 p.m. on Monday, May 25, and originally split up, but then met in the perfume section of the store.
Exactly two weeks after an unknown suspect robbed a Fort Myers bank at gunpoint, investigators with the Federal Bureau of Investigations say they believe the same crook struck again – this time in Martin County.
Lee County detectives are still investigating the May 9th robbery of the Chase bank, located at 13051 University Drive. That afternoon, just before 2 p.m., a black male entered the bank, walked up to the counter and showed the bank teller a gun and letter demanding cash.
Copper wire, company truck heisted from Hertz construction site
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying up to four suspects who took advantage of the long holiday weekend and hauled more than $20,000 in copper wire off the Hertz construction site in Estero, and stole a Ford box truck in the process.
Detectives say that sometime between the afternoon hours of Sunday, May 24 and mid-day Monday, May 25th, a group of unknown suspects trespassed onto the Hertz property, located at 8501 Williams Road, and stole several large spools of copper wire
Crooks caught on camera making early morning rum run
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying two men who broke into Doc Ford’s restaurant early last Sunday morning, and hauled off nearly $400 worth of rum.
Surveillance cameras captured images of two men who walked up to the outdoor bar area of the restaurant, located at 708 Fisherman’s Wharf on Fort Myers Beach, around 2 a.m. on May 17th. After casing the area for a few minutes, the men crawled over the bar and helped themselves to the bar’s rum collection, which was kept in a cabinet that hadn’t been