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North Fort Myers shopper possibly linked to car burglary

on Wed, 11/26/2014 - 18:03

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying and tracking down a man who may have been involved in a car burglary early last week.

According to detectives, an employee at Good Shepherd Lutheran School, 4770 Orange Grove Blvd., North Fort Myers, noticed an unknown man inside the vehicle belonging to one of her co-workers shortly after 10:30 a.m. on Monday, November 17th.  Upon approaching the vehicle, the car’s owner and her supervisor found an unknown white male sitting in the car, chewing on a pack of Marlboro cigarettes.

Missing mom and daughter may be Florida bound

on Wed, 11/26/2014 - 17:56

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help tracking down a North Carolina mother and daughter who could be in danger after fleeing their home earlier this week.

Authorities in Greensboro, NC, said that 34 year old Christina Garcia and her six year old daughter Italia Juneau abruptly left their home after Garcia was involved in a domestic disagreement with a family member.  Garcia has a lengthy history of mental illness and may not be able to provide sufficiently for her daughter.

Information sought in Cape homicide of Al Griffith

on Wed, 11/26/2014 - 17:19

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying and tracking down the man who gunned down the manager of the TJ Maxx department store earlier this week.

Alfred Griffiths was outside the Del Prado Boulevard store on Tuesday, November 18th when an unknown male fatally shot the store manager.  While numerous shoppers and patrons of adjacent businesses heard the gunshots, no one was able to identify the gunman, and detectives are still searching for the man who pulled the trigger.

“This horrific random act of violence occurred in a busy area, and we’re hoping

Antwone Green Homicide

on Wed, 11/26/2014 - 17:02

Cell phone towers become targets for thieves

on Thu, 11/20/2014 - 18:39

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help tracking down one or more individuals who have been stealing copper from Lee County cell phone towers over the last three months to the tune of more than $100,000.

Detectives say the towers were first targeted in August, when deputies responded to a suspected theft at 11490 Orange River Boulevard on August 25th at 5:00 a.m.  That’s when the victim said the cell tower lost all of its power, with subsequent findings that the lock to the gate had been cut.

Thief takes off with 10 glasses in 10 seconds

on Thu, 11/20/2014 - 18:26

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying and tracking down a quick acting thief who pilfered more than $2,500 in designer sunglasses Monday morning in under 10 seconds.

Surveillance cameras captured images of the black male walking into the Lens Crafters store at 13300 S. Cleveland Ave., shortly after 11 a.m. on Monday, November 17th.  Without hesitation, the man walked directly over to a display case near the front door and loaded up 10 pairs of Maui Jim sunglasses into what appears to be a shopping bag, before quickly exiting the store.

Wright DUI Homicide

on Tue, 11/04/2014 - 19:07

The life-changing mistake of getting behind the wheel while under the influence violently took the lives of two local residents, who were just beginning to enjoy the fruits of their retirement.  Now, the man who killed the Southwest Florida couple is on the run, and police need your help finding him.  Trish Routte with Crime Stoppers has the story.

Jaabin Robinson Murder

on Wed, 10/15/2014 - 19:59

A 30 year old man is shot to death at his home, while others sat by and watched – yet few have come forth with any details.  Trish Routte with Crime Stoppers has the story on one family’s pain, and their plea for those in the know to do the right thing.

UPDATE #2 - Crime Stoppers press release: Another sunglass thief targets local outlet mall

on Wed, 10/15/2014 - 19:16

October 10, 2014

**UPDATE #2**

As a result of a Crime Stoppers tip, Jennifer Passaro/Goldstein was taken into custody late this morning.  She has been booked into the Lee County Jail with a felony charge of grand theft, and is being held without bond.

“The successful conclusion to this case shows the tremendous partnerships that Crime Stoppers has with the media, who put her picture out there, and the good citizens of our community who so often do the right thing and call Crime Stoppers with their information,” said Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Coordinator.

Note:  Passaro’s newest booking photo

UPDATE #1 - Crime Stoppers press release: Sneaky thief targeting unlocked cars caught on camera

on Tue, 10/14/2014 - 18:33

October 10, 2014

**UPDATE #1**

The suspect accused of breaking into cars on Kestrel Circle earlier this week has been identified and arrested.  Fort Myers Police arrested Antonyo Burns (DOB 8/13/93) just hours after he broke into those vehicles, on unrelated charges of grand theft auto, drug possession and violation of probation.  Following his arrest, he was positively identified as the same man who had burglarized at least two vehicles in the early morning hours of October 7th.  He has subsequently been charged with two counts of burglary and two counts of larceny theft.

Burns has an