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Collier County Home Invasions

on Thu, 04/17/2014 - 19:04

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.

UPDATE #2: Crime Stoppers press release: Daytime crooks caught on camera

on Fri, 04/11/2014 - 13:48

**UPDATE #2**

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

on Thu, 04/10/2014 - 13:21

April 10, 2014

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

Crafty Crook Cashing "Washed" Checks

on Wed, 04/09/2014 - 17:51

April 9, 2014

Crafty crook cashing “washed” checks

Southwest FloridaCrime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying a man who’s been stealing checks out of mailboxes, then “washing” off the information and cashing them for his own personal gain.

The unknown male has been caught cashing several fraudulent checks at multiple banks in Collier County over the last few months.  The checks were all stolen after being placed in mailboxes, then clearly removed by the suspect or an accomplice.  The checks were then washed or altered, with payee names and dollar amounts changed.

Daytime Crooks Caught on Camera

on Wed, 04/09/2014 - 14:09

April 9, 2014

Daytime crooks caught on camera

Southwest FloridaCrime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying two men who were caught on surveillance cameras breaking into a Lehigh Acres home earlier this week.

According to detectives, two unknown men cased the home at 641 Glenquist Avenue South prior to breaking in shortly after noon on Monday, April 7.  The men, obviously not realizing there were cameras capturing their every move, then smashed through a window at the back of the house, with the smaller of the two jumping through the window.

ID's sought for thieving trio

on Tue, 03/25/2014 - 17:36

March 25, 2014

ID’s sought for thieving trio

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying three young Hispanic males who broke into a Lee County business and stole hundreds of dollars worth of tools and equipment.

According to detectives, the three men approached the property of Currier & Adler Roofing, 5802 Corporation Circle, shortly before 10 p.m. on Saturday, February 22nd, armed with wire cutters and tools to systematically cut through the fence in order to gain entry to the property.

Thief Nets Rolex, Cash and Credit in Early Morning Burglary

on Tue, 03/25/2014 - 13:42

March 24, 2014

Thief nets Rolex, cash and credit in early morning burglary

Southwest FloridaCrime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying a man caught on a home security camera stealing from a man who was sleeping just feet away.

The burglary occurred at 836 S. Town and River Drive, Fort Myers, shortly before 4 a.m. on Sunday, March 23rd.  The unknown male can be seen on video methodically rifling through the victim’s belongings which were placed on a table in close proximity to him.

More Than a Million Dollars in Drugs, Property Seized by Anonymous Tips in 2013

on Fri, 01/03/2014 - 14:06

December 31, 2013

More than a million dollars in drugs, property seized by anonymous tips in 2013

Southwest FloridaCrime Stoppers is capping off 2013 as another successful year, with the apprehension of hundreds of wanted criminals, the closure of more than 1,600 cases and the seizure of more than $1,000,000 worth of drugs, weapons and stolen property.

Since January 1, anonymous tips to the Crime Stoppers hotline have led to the arrests of 696 wanted criminals, who, in total, were charged with 1, 619 different crimes.

Santa's Naughty LIst Part 2

on Tue, 12/17/2013 - 18:33

They’ve been on the run for far too long, and now authorities are turning up the heat on some of the most wanted criminals in Southwest Florida.  Trish Routte with Crime Stoppers talked with Sheriff Mike Scott about a few who they hope to give a new home to for the holidays. 

Vandalized Shopping Center

on Fri, 11/22/2013 - 16:19

For weeks on end, a Fort Myers business owner has had to deal with repeated vandalism at his business – picking up the shattered glass scattering his sidewalk, and dealing with the loss of tenants, and ultimately, customers.  Trish Routte with Crime Stoppers has the details.