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Suspects sought in cloned card caper

on Mon, 05/18/2015 - 15:52

May 16, 2015

Suspects sought in cloned card caper 

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying two suspects who used a cloned credit card to make hundreds of dollars in fraudulent purchases. 

Investigators say the victim tried to use her debit card at a local store when her purchase was declined.  She immediately contacted her bank, and found out that the card had been blocked due to suspicious purchase activity.

Bank bandit still at large

on Mon, 05/18/2015 - 15:42

May 16, 2015 

Bank bandit still at large 

An armed assailant is still at large one week after holding up a Lee County bank, and Crime Stoppers needs the public’s help identifying him. 

Just after 1:30 p.m. last Saturday, May 9, an unknown black male walked into the Chase bank, located at 13051 University Drive, located just off Summerlin Road.  The robber, described to be in his late 20s or early 30s, presented a teller with a note demanding cash, while drawing his handgun at another bank employee.  After getting the cash, the man fled on foot, and hasn’t been seen since. 

The robber is

Crooks go on shopping spree on someone else’s dime

on Mon, 05/18/2015 - 15:12

May 16, 2015

Crooks go on shopping spree on someone else’s dime 

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying two men who went on a $2,200 shopping spree over the course of just over an hour, using credit card information somehow swiped from an unknowing victim’s account. 

Deputies say the victim had last used her credit card at a large retail store around 5:30 p.m. on March 9th.  Within an hour of her last legitimate purchase, someone managed to swipe all of her account information, likely using a skimming device, and load it onto a fraudulent card.

Armed robber holds up Palm Beach Boulevard convenience store

on Mon, 05/18/2015 - 12:24

May 17, 2015 

Armed robber holds up Palm Beach Boulevard convenience store 

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying a black male who held up a Fort Myers Speedway at gunpoint early yesterday evening. 

Just after 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, an unknown suspect walked into the Speedway, located at 4690 Palm Beach Boulevard, pointing a black handgun at the clerk and demanding all the cash in the register.  The clerk complied, and emptied the till, at which point the suspect fled on foot towards a neighborhood located directly behind the business.

Auto thefts on the rise, but most were preventable

on Thu, 05/14/2015 - 19:04

May 14, 2015

Auto thefts on the rise, but most were preventable

Car owners have been making life much easier for criminals in the last few months, by leaving doors unlocked and keys in the ignition, offering them up as prime targets for auto thefts.

Detectives with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office say they’ve been taking upwards of 20 new reports each month for cars that were stolen after being left unlocked, often times with the keys still inside.

Crook caught on camera using stolen card

on Tue, 05/12/2015 - 14:54

May 12, 2015

Crook caught on camera using stolen card 

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying a black male caught red handed using a stolen credit card at several stores in Lehigh Acres. 

The victim left his wallet, containing his Florida driver license, credit card and cash inside his car, parked at his residence on Woodburn Drive, on the evening of April 29.  The next morning, he received a phone call from Capital One indicating that there had been suspicious activity on his credit account.

Crook caught on camera using stolen card

on Tue, 05/12/2015 - 14:47

May 12, 2015

Crook caught on camera using stolen card

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying a black male caught red handed using a stolen credit card at several stores in Lehigh Acres.

The victim left his wallet, containing his Florida driver license, credit card and cash inside his car, parked at his residence on Woodburn Drive, on the evening of April 29.  The next morning, he received a phone call from Capital One indicating that there had been suspicious activity on his credit account.

Shooting Investigation

on Tue, 05/12/2015 - 14:45

Shooting Investigation

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

On May 11, 2015 at 10:47 p.m., deputies were called to 5112 27th Street S.W., Lehigh Acres, in reference to a shooting.  A male victim was rushed to the hospital and the Lee County Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Unit assumed the investigation.

Investigators are searching for a vehicle associated with this case and are asking for the public's help.  The vehicle is a 2012 Silver Kia Optima 4-door sedan with Florida license plate 730 MBB.

Deputies searching for Wells Fargo bank robber

on Thu, 05/07/2015 - 10:45

May 6, 2015 

Deputies searching for Wells Fargo bank robber 

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying an unknown black male who robbed a south Fort Myers Wells Fargo bank this afternoon. 

Detectives say the unarmed male walked into the Wells Fargo, located at 12751 S. Tamiami Trail, just after 2:30 p.m. this afternoon.  The man demanded cash from the teller, then quickly fled the scene in a silver Nissan Maxima, bearing Florida tags.  The vehicle was last seen headed southbound on US 41. 

Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect is asked

Southwest Florida program honored by regional association

on Mon, 05/04/2015 - 14:42

Southwest Florida program honored by regional association 

Last night, Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers was honored by the Southeastern Crime Stoppers Association as the Most Productive Program in the Southeast for its efforts during 2014.  The award was based on the number of arrests, cases cleared and the amount of drugs and property seized during that calendar year.  At the awards ceremony, held in Palm Beach County, Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers was also given the award for Most Creative Advertising for its daily “Twit” of the day posting.

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