January 24, 2017

 **UPDATE #1**

As the search continues for the person or persons responsible for the long list of car break-ins in the Lehigh Acres area, detectives have released surveillance video of one of the suspects who burglarized at least one car, and was responsible for several other attempts.

This particular young man was caught on camera breaking into a Honda Civic, parked in the 3600 block of 24th Street Southwest on January 5th around 3:15 a.m.  The suspect is seen moving around from car to car – and takes advantage of those left unlocked.  In this instance, he grabbed a wallet that was left inside the unlocked car, taking $350 in cash and later ditching the wallet that still had the owner’s ID in it.

“The message to residents throughout our community – not just in Lehigh – remains clear and constant.  Always remember to take a moment and lock your car doors,” said Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Coordinator.  “That brief pause can make all the difference on whether or not you become a victim of a preventable crime.”

Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect in the video or photos 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 www.southwestfloridacrimestoppers.com or by submitting a tip on the P3Tips app.

Note:  Surveillance video of one of the suspects, as well as two still photographs, are attached to this release.

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String of Lehigh car burglaries

 

January 11, 2017

Suspect sought in string of Lehigh car burglaries

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help tracking down one or more suspects who are responsible for well over a dozen car burglaries in Lehigh over the last few weeks.

Detectives say there have been 15 or more car burglaries throughout Lehigh, with most of the cars left unlocked.  During one of the most recent break-ins, a handgun was stolen from the center console of a truck parked in the driveway of a 24th Street W. home.  That car, too, was unlocked at the time.

“Car thieves are having a hay day of late, and unfortunately residents are making it easy for crooks to easily get in and out of the vehicles with stolen items,” said Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Coordinator.  “The easiest way to keep yourself from being targeted by thieves is to lock your car doors every time and to not leave valuables in the car – even if they’re not in plain sight.”

Surveillance cameras from one of the recent break-ins captured an image of at least one of the suspects believed to be involved with the recent rash. 

Anyone with information on the identity and whereabouts of the Lehigh car burglary suspect or suspects 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 www.southwestfloridacrimestoppers.com or by submitting a tip through the P3Tips app.

Note:  Two surveillance stills of one of the suspects is attached to this release.  There is no video available at this time.

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