May 27, 2017 

**UPDATE #1**

It’s official – the beef thief is headed to jail.

This morning, detectives with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office arrested Janice Wagoner, DOB 5/27/79, for stealing more than $1,000 worth of beef from a Palm Beach Boulevard Winn Dixie store over the last few weeks.  Wagoner was identified by a Crime Stoppers tip earlier this week and subsequently located by detectives this morning.  She is currently enroute to the Lee County Jail, where she will be booked and charged with grand theft.

To date, Wagoner has been booked 25 times before in Lee County on charges including multiple counts of theft, armed robbery, hit and run, battery, fleeing and eluding officers and child neglect, among others.  She is a registered convicted felon who is currently on state supervision

May 24, 2017

Stolen steak is on suspect’s dinner menu

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying a woman accused of stealing more than $1,000 in meat from a Lee County Winn Dixie store within the last three weeks alone.

The first of four thefts occurred just after 7 p.m. on May 3rd at the Winn Dixie store, located at 14600 Palm Beach Boulevard.  Surveillance cameras captured images of the dark haired white female walking into the store carrying a large black bag.  After loading up a grocery cart filled with 10-14 packages of meat, valued at approximately $60 each, she managed to slip the items into the bag and walk out of the store seemingly unnoticed.  This happened three more times over the next three weeks at the same store, on May 10, 12 and 13.  Each time, she’d enter the store in the early evening hours, fill up a cart with meat, then transfer the packages to her purse, passing all points of sale.  Witnesses have seen her walking to a nearby bus stop on the west side of the store, where she waited for a driver in an unknown vehicle to pick her up.

The suspect is between 5’9” and 6’0”, thin, with dark tattoos on her upper arms and back.  Anyone with information on the identity and whereabouts of the suspect 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 photograph of the suspect is attached.  There is no video available at this time.

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