Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying a trio of thieves accused of breaking into at several cars in the Copper Oaks community early yesterday morning.
The incidents occurred along Tin Maple Drive in the early morning hours of Tuesday, December 4th. Detectives say multiple cars, most of which were unlocked, were entered, with wallets and personal identification stolen. In one incident, thieves smashed through a car window in pursuit of a wallet left on the right front seat. Shortly after the break-ins, three suspects were caught on camera trying to use one of the stolen cards at the nearby Wal Mart in Estero. Bank records show that the suspects attempted to use the card to purchase $633.88 in pre-paid phone cards, which was ultimately declined by the bank. The young men are also accused of prying open the door of another vehicle to pop the lock and enter the car. Credit cards were stolen from that incident, however have not been used as of this time.
Detectives believe the suspects from yesterday morning’s spree are also connected with multiple other burglary cases over the last week in the Estero area. They are also believed to be driving in a dark colored sedan.
Anyone with information on the identities and whereabouts of the suspects are 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.