January 14, 2017

ID needed for suspect in widespread crime spree

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying at least one individual believed to be involved in what has now amassed to more than 60 car burglaries in the last month.

Each one of the burglaries has occurred in Lehigh Acres in the last few weeks, with the thief or thieves targeting firearms and other items of opportunity.  Nearly every vehicle that has been broken into was left unlocked, making for easy entry for the thief or thieves.  One suspect, who has been spotted on surveillance cameras in several crimes, is described as a white or light skinned Hispanic male, who often wears a beanie cap and carries a drawstring backpack.  In light of the increasing number of car break ins, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office has sent out a Code Red warning to residents in the area, advising them of the criminal activity and reminding them to be pro-active and secure their belongings in a safe place and to always lock car doors.

“Residents of Lehigh Acres need to be vigilant and keep their eyes and ears open for any kind of suspicious activity,” said Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Coordinator.  “People generally know who should or should not be in their neighborhoods, so the best rule of thumb is to contact Crime Stoppers or law enforcement anytime you see someone or something that appears out of place.”

Anyone with information on the suspect pictured below, or who has any information on the burglaries, 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 app.

 Note:  Several photos of one of the suspects are provided below.