June 14, 2017

 **UPDATE #1**

 Three Lee County teenagers were arrested Tuesday afternoon after a Crime Stoppers tip identified the trio as the suspects who broke into a series of cars in Bonita Springs two weeks ago.

Ezra Coover, Nathan Leeman and Bryson Riddle were all taken into custody yesterday afternoon, each charged with two counts of burglary and two counts of theft.  The anonymous tip was received after video of the young men was released to the public.  A subsequent investigation led to their arrests.  All three were booked into the Lee County Jail just before 4 p.m. and were released to their parents last night.

“These three young men learned the hard way that what they probably thought was just something fun to do one night is no joke,” said Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Coordinator.  “The tone of their summer break has now changed dramatically, with felony charges and mugshots.  Breaking into cars is a crime, and now they’ll be facing serious consequences for the choices they made that night.”



June 6, 2017

Car burglars make their way through Bonita neighborhood

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying a trio of thieves who broke into several unlocked cars in Bonita Springs last week.

In the overnight and early morning hours of Tuesday, May 30th, deputies responded to several instances of vehicle burglaries in the area of Forest Mere Drive in Bonita Springs.  Surveillance video shows at least three men walking around the neighborhood around 2:30 a.m., going from driveway to driveway in search of unlocked cars.  When they approached a car that was locked, they ignored it and moved along to the next one, until they found an unsecured vehicle to rummage through.  Once gaining entry, the men stole cash, personal identification and other personal items. 

Anyone with information on the identities and whereabouts of these 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 on the P3Tips mobile app.

Note:  A video clip from one of the May 30th burglaries is attached to this release. 

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