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Search is on for driver who took off after damaging beach water lines

on Fri, 07/04/2014 - 13:55

July 4, 2014

Search is on for driver who took off after damaging beach water lines

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help piecing together information and tracking down the driver who slammed into a fire hydrant on Fort Myers Beach last week, then took off, leaving more than $25,000 in damage.

Deputies say what they believe to be a black vehicle struck a fire hydrant at 2915 Estero Boulevard, Fort Myers Beach, around 12:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 28th.  The crash caused the water main to break, affecting several blocks with both flooding and water service.

Credit card thief quickly incurs charges

on Fri, 07/04/2014 - 12:44

July 4, 2014

Credit card thief quickly incurs charges

Southwest FloridaCrime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying a woman who used a stolen credit card to rack up more than $900 in charges less than an hour after the card was taken.

According to detectives, the victim left his wallet in the center console of his locked vehicle at LA Fitness at the Gulf Coast Town Center around 8 p.m.

UPDATE #1 - Crime Stoppers press release: Vandals face felony charges after early morning joy ride at school

on Wed, 07/02/2014 - 18:32

**UPDATE # 1**

As a result of anonymous Crime Stoppers tips, the six students responsible for the break in and property damage at Ida S. Baker High School last month were arrested this afternoon.

Detectives say tips led them to Michael Rousseau (DOB 4/23/98), Vincent Favazza (DOB 5/29/98), Matthew Latorre (DOB 6/9/98), Benjamin Dollard (DOB 10/3/97), Wesley Harris (DOB 10/3/96) and Rylan Rumbaugh (DOB 11/1/97). 

“What these young men likely thought was just fun and games isn’t a laughing matter anymore,” said Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Coordinator.

Shady suspects walk off with stolen sunglasses

on Wed, 07/02/2014 - 14:36

July 2, 2014

Shady suspects walk off with stolen sunglasses

Southwest FloridaCrime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying two unknown suspects who employed slick tactics to steal six pairs of sunglasses from an Estero store.

According to detectives, the clerk at the Sunglass Hut at Miromar Outlets was working with two customers when a black male and female entered the store on June 26th around 4 p.m.

And then there were three...

on Fri, 06/27/2014 - 15:49

**UPDATE #1**

June 27, 2014                                                                                                                                                        

And then there were three…

As a result of anonymous Crime Stoppers tips, two more suspected drug dealers from Operation Manor Meltdown have been arrested in this past week.  Lacretia Walton and Brandon Fuller were both arrested by members of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office’s Fugitive Warrants Apprehension Unit, in response to Crime Stoppers tips.  Detectives also arrested Shermykael Jenkins on Wednesday.

Vehicle possible link to residential burglary

on Thu, 06/26/2014 - 20:00

June 26, 2014

Vehicle possible link to residential burglary

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying the driver or occupants of a silver or gray newer model 4-dr. vehicle with dark tinted windows that may be tied to a residential burglary in the area Quinn Street, Bonita Springs.

According to detectives, on June 23rd, a vehicle matching this description was in the driveway of a residence where a burglary occurred.  A black male with a clean shaven face wearing a red and green horizontally stripped shirt was the only occupant of the vehicle at the time.

Bank robbers still on the run

on Thu, 06/26/2014 - 19:57

June 26, 2014

Bank robbers still on the run

Southwest FloridaCrime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying two unrelated bank robbers who, to this point, have gotten away with their felony crimes.

After more than a year, detectives are still searching for the name and location of a very athletic black male who held up the Bank of America, 15620 Summerlin Road, Fort Myers, on June 20, 2013, just before closing time.

ID's sought for duo suspected of slipping away with stolen sunglasses

on Wed, 06/25/2014 - 19:25

June 25, 2014

ID’s sought for duo suspected of slipping away with stolen sunglasses

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying two suspects who detectives believe heisted several pairs of expensive sunglasses from at least one Lee County business.

According to detectives, the two unknown suspects entered the Sunglass Hut at Miramar Outlet in Estero earlier this month.  After perusing the store for several minutes, the couple is suspected of slyly slipping several pairs of expensive sunglasses into a bag before leaving the store undetected.

High tech camera thieves caught on camera

on Tue, 06/24/2014 - 16:41

June 20, 2014

High tech camera thieves caught on camera

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying three young men caught in the act of stealing several expensive cameras from a North Fort Myers business earlier this month.

According to detectives, the unidentified suspects forced entry into Revolution Cable Park, located at 17590 East Street, shortly before 10 p.m. on June 9th.  Once inside the business, the suspects removed several items, including two “GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition” cameras.

Hunt is on for man accused of killing DeSoto teen

on Tue, 06/24/2014 - 16:35

June 20, 2014

Hunt is on for man accused of killing DeSoto teen

Southwest FloridaCrime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help tracking down a man accused of gunning down two teens, leaving one dead and one still recovering from his injuries.

DeSotoCountydetectives say Reece Thomas Sturgis (DOB 10/2/95) is one of three men responsible for the murder of 15 year old Melvin Hearns and the attempted murder of 19 year old Deandra Williams.

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