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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.

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.

UPDATE #2 Suspected thief uses baby to shield stolen phone

on Wed, 03/12/2014 - 19:02

**UPDATE #2**

Esmeralda Espinosa turned herself into the Lee County Jail early this afternoon.  She has been charged with grand theft, as well as an additional outstanding bench warrant from 2011 for failing to show up in court on another theft case.  Upon speaking with a detective from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Espinosa gave a full confession to her role in the crime.

Crime Stoppers thanks our local media outlets for their assistance in putting Espinosa’s picture before the public’s eye, and to the tipsters who identified her.

Espinosa’s booking photo should be available later this

UPDATE: Suspected thief uses baby to shield stolen phone

on Fri, 02/28/2014 - 13:43

**UPDATE**

As a result of several Crime Stoppers tips, the woman who stole a cell phone, using her baby to cloak her theft, has been identified as Esmeralda Espinosa, DOB 7/9/91.  In addition to her current pending charges of grand theft, Espinosa coincidentally also has another active bench warrant for larceny theft, dating back to November 2011.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Espinosa is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477).  All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.  Tips may also be made online at

Bold Thief Heists Laptop from Employee Break Room

on Thu, 02/27/2014 - 21:58

February 27, 2014

Bold thief heists laptop from employee break room

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying an unknown male who lifted a laptop left in an employee break room at a Fort Myers Beach store last weekend.

According to detectives, the victim stored his laptop in the employee break room at the Publilx, located at 4791 Estero Boulevard, Fort Myers Beach, early Sunday evening, February 23, while working his shift.

Suspected Thief Uses Baby to Shield Stolen Phone

on Wed, 02/26/2014 - 21:03

February 26, 2014

Suspected thief uses baby to shield stolen phone

Southwest FloridaCrime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying a woman caught on camera stealing a cell phone, then using a baby as a means to disguise the crime.

The victim was shopping at Once Upon a Child, located at 11800 S. Cleveland Avenue around noon last Thursday, February 20th.  After paying for her purchases, she left the store, inadvertently leaving her phone behind.

Suspected Serial Stealer Targeting Area Stores

on Tue, 02/25/2014 - 19:20

February 22, 2012

Suspected serial stealer targeting area stores

Southwest FloridaCrime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying a man who is believed to have pilfered high end electronics from various Target stores over the last two months.

Detectives say they believe the same black male has gone into separate Target locations and stolen expensive electronics, varying from high end cameras to Play Station 4 video gaming consoles.  The first theft this suspect is linked to was on December 23rd at the Gulf Coast Town Center’s Target location.

Slight of Hand Leaves Victim without Wallet

on Tue, 02/18/2014 - 18:32

February 18, 2014

Slight of hand leaves victim without wallet

Southwest FloridaCrime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying a man who was caught on camera swiping a wallet that had inadvertently been left on the check out counter of a Lehigh Acres store.

According to the victim, he was at the customer service desk at the Wal Mart on Lee Boulevard, Lehigh Acres, around 10:45 p.m. on January 7th.  After completing his transaction, he accidentally left his wallet on the counter before leaving the store.  When he went back inside to retrieve his wallet, it had vanished.

UPDATE #2: Crime Stoppers press release: ID sought for DVD bandit

on Thu, 02/13/2014 - 21:25

**UPDATE #2**

Detectives with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office arrested Dale Russum this afternoon at 3:25 p.m. for the 7-11 theft.  He was just booked into the Lee County Jail, charged with grand theft.  A judge will determine if Russum will be granted bond during first appearance hearing Friday morning.

Southwest FloridaCrime Stoppers thanks the public for their assistance in identifying Russum, and to the diligent detectives with the Sheriff’s Office who worked to track Russum down this afternoon.

Note:  Russum’s booking photo from this afternoon is attached to this release.


 

UPDATE: Crime Stoppers press release: ID sought for DVD bandit

on Thu, 02/13/2014 - 20:27

**UPDATE**

As a result of anonymous Crime Stoppers tips received over the last 24 hours, the man accused of heisting DVDs from a South Fort Myers 7-11 convenience store has been identified as Dale Russum (DOB 6/6/66).  Russum is no stranger to a life of crime, having racked up 12 arrests in Lee County – his most recent being just 10 days ago when he was jailed on a traffic offense.

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