Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying and tracking down two individuals who are believed to have stolen the same truck twice in two days.
On Sunday, June 5, an abandoned Ford F350 truck was found at the corner of Briarcliff Road and Triple Crown Court in south Lee County. Deputies were able to trace the vehicle back to its registered owner, who confirmed that the truck had been left in a gated compound on James Whitehead Road, along with several other vehicles. After the truck was returned to its rightful owner, it was relocated back to its original parking spot. The next afternoon, on Monday, June 6, the victim alerted deputies that the truck they returned to him the day prior had been stolen again. Less than two hours later, deputies found the stolen truck in the same exact spot where it had been recovered the day before. The truck was once again returned to its registered owner.
Surveillance video captured images of two suspects, a white male and a white female, who are believed to be involved with the thefts. The two are also believed to be involved in another attempted vehicle theft on Friday, June 3, in the area of Alico Road and Indy Drive, in which a GMC3500 truck was broken into. The suspect(s) used a screwdriver to pry the lock from the vehicle’s steering column, to no avail.
Anyone with information on the identities and whereabouts of the two 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 texting a tip to CRIMES (274637) Keyword: REWARD.
Note: Two still photographs of the suspects are attached to this release. There is no video available at this time.