Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying and tracking down a suspect who detectives believe is responsible for at least six smash and grab bar burglaries on Wednesday.
Each one of the instances occurred in the late afternoon and early evening hours on Wednesday, November 21, mostly in the parking lots of south Lee County gyms. Cars parked at LA Fitness, located at 8951 Bonita Beach Road, Crunch Fitness, located at 3306 Bonita Beach Road, and Around the Clock Fitness, located at 1664 Alico Mission Way, were all targeted by the unknown male suspect. Every vehicle had a window smashed and personal items stolen. The suspect attempted to use some of the stolen credit cards at area businesses, including the Target at Coconut Point. Surveillance cameras captured images of him leaving the area in a white Dodge Journey.
“This is a different method of car burglary than what we normally see. Typically, suspects will target unlocked vehicles, however this thief is a bit more bold and is taking the time to break windows,” said Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Coordinator. “To help prevent becoming a victim, we strongly encourage drivers to keep all valuables out of plain sight, which would help remove the incentive for a crook to break a car’s window.”
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 $3,000. Tips may also be made online at www.southwestfloridacrimestoppers.com or by submitting a tip on the P3Tips mobile app.