March 30, 2017

 Lehigh businesses targeted three times in less than two months

 Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help tracking down at least two suspects responsible for robbing  two Advance Auto Parts stores three times since early February.

The first incident occurred on February 9, when an unknown suspect entered the Advance Auto Parts store located at 403 Sunshine Boulevard.  The suspect ordered all employees to the front of the store, demanding money from both of the store’s safes.  He is described as 5’9”, with a stocky build, wearing a purple mask covering most of his face.  After getting an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect fled in an unknown direction.   Exactly one week later, another Advance Auto Parts location, located at 75 Joel Boulevard, was the target of an unsuccessful robbery attempt.  Around 8:30 p.m. on February 16, the store’s manager locked the front door to begin closing procedures.  One of the employees was finishing up with a customer at the front counter when an unknown male, wearing a hoodie and a purple ski mask, began pulling on the door in an attempt to get into the store.  The suspect motioned that he had a firearm, before fleeing from the door.  Brake lights were seen in the wooded area near the business, however witnesses were unable to get a vehicle description, other than a small compact car.  As in the first robbery, the suspect was described as 5’9” with a stocky build.

Fast forward a few weeks to last Friday, March 24, when the Advance Auto Parts located at 403 Sunshine Boulevard was robbed a second time.  Employees told detectives that a black male entered the store, displaying  a 9 mm Smith and Wesson gun, just as the manager was escorting out the last customer of the day.  The suspect demanded money from the store’s cash registers before fleeing on foot.  He is described as a 6’1”, with a thin build, wearing a black hooded jacket and a purple and black bandana covering his mouth and nose. 

Anyone with information on any of the three incidents, and the suspects involved, 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:  There are no clear still photographs or video of the suspects.  However, a map of the locations targeted is attached to this release.