July 10, 2017 

Armed home burglars caught on camera

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying three unknown males who broke into a Lee County home early Saturday morning.

The victim, who wasn’t home at the time, said he received several email notifications from his security system indicating that there was movement inside his River Road home at 1:33 a.m. Saturday morning, July 8.  He immediately contacted law enforcement, who was able to secure a key to the residence from a neighbor.  After unlocking the front door, deputies found drawers and cabinets opened throughout the house where the crooks were scouring for valuables.  What the young men didn’t realize at the time is that the victim had just purchased the house and it hadn’t yet been stocked with his belongings.

Upon further investigation, it was discovered that the screen to the lanai had been ripped open and the kitchen window had been compromised, allowing the three to gain access to the home.  After searching the house for less than 10 minutes, the trio then unlocked the sliding glass door and left with nothing in hand.

“Although these suspects didn’t find anything of value, they clearly entered the home armed and ready to steal whatever they could find, and potentially inflict violence had the situation escalated,” said Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Coordinator.  “We are confident that someone will recognize these young men so that they can be incarcerated before breaking into anyone else’s home.”

Anyone with information on any of the three suspects, and their whereabouts, 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 mobile app.

Note:  Several surveillance photos are attached to this release.