Anonymous donor increases reward in unsolved Cape homicide
In hopes of generating new leads in the 2014 murder of Cape Coral resident Al Griffiths, Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is working with an anonymous donor who this afternoon has pledged a $9,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the man responsible for gunning down a manager in front of his workplace.
Griffiths was on break, sitting in front of the TJ Maxx store he managed at 1502 Del Prado Boulevard, just before 9 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sneaky thief targeting unlocked cars caught on camera
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying an unknown male caught on camera breaking into one of several unlocked cars early yesterday morning.
According to detectives, one or more suspects broke into several cars in the area of Kestrel Circle, off Plantation Road, in the early morning hours of October 7th. In each of the instances, the cars were left unlocked, allowing the suspect(s) easy access to the vehicles and its contents.
Spotlight to focus on students standing up to bullying
In coordination with educators, law enforcement and citizens around the world, Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers will be joining forces on Monday, October 6th in support of “Blue Shirt Day – World Day of Bullying Prevention.”
For the last several years, Crime Stoppers has promoted the “Don’t Hate” philosophy within Southwest Florida schools through its text tipline for reporting bullying activity, DNTH8. Posters, public service announcements and even silicone rings have been distributed throughout the schools to help
As a result of several anonymous Crime Stoppers tips, the woman who stole sunglasses from the Sunglass Hut at Tanger Outlets earlier this week has been positively identified as Jennifer Goldstein, who may be using the name Jennifer Passaro (DOB 2/17/82). Goldstein/Passaro is a repeat offender in Lee County, with five previous arrests on a multitude of felony offenses.
Early morning bandit strikes same business four times in one month
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying an unknown person who targeted video gaming machines at a South Fort Myers business not once, not twice but four times in one month.
Throughout the month of September, the Elbow Room, located at 8711 Cypress Lake Drive, Suite 6, had been broken into four times – each time with the suspect smashing through the store’s glass front door, then targeting the video gaming machines at the back of the establishment.
Stolen credit card data used to load up on groceries
Southwest FloridaCrime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying a man who used stolen credit card information to purchase more than $300 in groceries from a North Fort Myers Winn Dixie store.
Detectives say an unknown white male went on a hearty food shopping trip on Monday, September 15th, just before 4 p.m. at the Winn Dixie on 5690 Bayshore Road N., North Fort Myers. In order to pay for the bags full of food, he used what appeared to be a legitimate credit or debit card.