July 11, 2018 

Good Samaritan turns out to be burglary suspect

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help tracking down a seemingly Good Samaritan, who turned out to be a would-be thief.

On Friday, June 29th, the owner of Biggerstaff Electric, located at 1121 Gretchen Avenue in Lehigh, arrived at his business around 7 a.m., only to find the water system on the side of the building partially dismantled and spraying water.  He met with an unknown male, who stated that he drove by the business and saw three males attempting to steal the system.  The citizen said he tried to stop the water from spraying out until the business owner arrived.  After speaking briefly with the owner, the citizen left the area.

Upon review of surveillance video perched outside the building, it was discovered that the Good Samaritan was actually the lone suspect who brought a satchel full of tools to the business just a few hours earlier, and expeditiously unplugged the system, turned off the valves and started to remove pipes for the system.  When he returned a short time later to retrieve the water system, he unexpectedly found the businesses owner outside.  It was then that he fabricated the story about the three other suspects, who video proves never existed.  The Good Samaritan turned suspect wore the same clothing during the dismantling of the system as he did when he feigned a fake story about the theft in progress.

Anyone with information on the identity and whereabouts of the burglary suspect 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 $3,000.  Tips may also be made online at www.southwestfloridacrimestoppers.com or by submitting a tip on the P3Tips mobile app.