July 19, 2018

**UPDATE #1**

As a direct result of cooperation and assistance from the community, detectives have arrested Kevin Croft (DOB 2/16/88) for yesterday morning’s break-in at Laurel Lane Grocery store.  Croft was booked into the Lee County Jail just over an hour ago and faces charges of burglary, grand theft and criminal mischief/property damage.

This afternoon’s arrest is the 21st booking for Croft, who is also a registered convicted felon.  His criminal past includes multiple counts of drug use, theft and battery, among other criminal counts.  He is currently being held on $15,000 bond.


July 19, 2018

Burglar busts through roof in search of lottery tickets

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying an unknown suspect who busted through the roof of a North Fort Myers business early Wednesday morning and stole several hundred dollars worth of lottery tickets.

Just before 1 a.m. on Wednesday, July 18th, the burglar alarm was triggered by an unknown suspect at Laurel Lane Grocery, located at 2119 Laurel Lane.  When deputies arrived on scene, they discovered that the roof of the store had been breached and the business burglarized.  The suspect smashed and cut through the plywood and asphalt shingled roof to enter the business.  Once inside the store, surveillance video showed the man quickly move to the register area and remove several dozen lottery tickets.  After shoving the tickets in his pants, he then returned to the hole in the roof and crawled his way out of the business.

The suspect is described as a white male, between 20 and 30 years of age, with an athletic build.  He was clean shaven and has a short crew cut style haircut.

Anyone with information on the identity and whereabouts of the 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.