In an effort to find the men responsible for the recent rash of violent home invasion robberies in Collier County, the reward for information leading to the arrests of the men involved now stands at $26,000. $25,000 of that reward has come from numerous donors, with the remaining $1,000 allocated from Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers.
“As the days and weeks go by without an arrest, community members are bonding together to do whatever they can to help law enforcement apprehend these extremely violent criminals who are committing heinous acts,” said Trish Routte,
String of late night robberies believed to be related
Southwest FloridaCrime Stoppers is seeking information on three separate robberies that occurred during the evening hours of Thursday, April 17th which all appear to be related. The first incident occurred shortly after 8 p.m. on the 2000 block of Williams Drive in Fort Myers. The victim stated that he was bringing his trash cans to the curb when his wife spotted a black male, brandishing a handgun, emerge from some nearby bushes and rush towards her husband. She yelled to her spouse to hurry up and get inside the house.
Southwest FloridaCrime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying a man who went on a shopping spree last week, using credit cards stolen from an unsuspecting victim.
Surveillance cameras captured images of the man using one of the stolen cards to purchase gas for his newer model silver Toyota Corolla at a Hess station in Lehigh Acres. Detectives say stolen cards were also used at other area stores before finally getting shut down.
The suspect using the stolen cards is described as between 25-28 years of age, 5’9” with short brown
Southwest FloridaCrime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying an unknown black male who skillfully broke into a Lehigh Acres business earlier this week.
According to detectives, the security alarm at Lehigh Auto, located at 5507 8th Street W. in Lehigh Acres was triggered shortly after 3 a.m. on Monday, April 21st. When the owner arrived shortly thereafter, he discovered that the front window to the business had been pried off, and a 52” Samsung plasma television stolen.
As of this morning, the enhanced reward for the apprehension of the suspects involved in the Collier County home invasions now stands at $12,500. All donors wish to remain anonymous. Of that $12,500, $11,500 has been allocated from private individuals and the other $1,000 is from Crime Stoppers.
Anyone with information on the identity and whereabouts of the suspects are 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
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying an unknown man who broke into a 62 year old woman’s home earlier this week, held her at knifepoint, then sexually battered her, while her four year old granddaughter was asleep nearby.
The attack happened shortly before 5 a.m. on Monday, April 21st in the 5000 block of 5th Avenue. According to the victim, she was asleep in her home when she awoke to find a Hispanic male in his 20s standing at her bedside, with a knife to her throat.
In the wake of five violent home invasion robberies in Collier County over the last two months, Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers has established an enhanced reward fund for information leading to the arrests of the men responsible for these crimes.
At the request of residents from some of the affected communities in Collier County, a separate reward fund was opened this week by Crime Stoppers for anyone who wishes to contribute to the reward for the apprehension of the suspects.
Residents in some upscale Collier County neighborhoods are on alert after five very similar and violent home invasion robberies. A multi-agency task force has now been assembled to try to track down the men behind the guns. Trish Routte with Crime Stoppers has the story.
Martha Helton has turned herself in to Lee County detectives and Montilongo has been arrested at his Lehigh Acres home.
Crime Stoppers thanks the public for their assistance.
From:Routte, Trish Sent: Friday, April 11, 2014 7:59 AM Subject: UPDATE: Crime Stoppers press release: Daytime crooks caught on camera
April 11, 2014
As a result of several Crime Stoppers tips, the two suspects in Monday’s bold daytime home burglary in Lehigh have been identified as Martha Helton, DOB 3/5/84, of Labelle, and Vincent Montilongo, DOB 2/14/74 of Lehigh Acres.
Reward increased in hopes of finding veterans killer
In the wake of the homicide of a 31 year old US Army veteran, Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers, the Glades County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement are announcing an increased reward in hopes of finding the killer of Mario Hughes.
Hughes was murdered at his residence on East Park Avenue SE in Moore Haven shortly after 8 p.m. on Friday, January 31st. Now, more than two months after his life was taken, investigators are hoping an increased reward of $7,000 will encourage someone to step forward and