November 4, 2016                                          

**UPDATE #1**

Over the course of this afternoon, detectives have gathered new information on the man believed to be responsible for several area tool thefts, and now they have a name to put with the face.

Russell Mason (DOB 8/17/69) has been named by Lee County Sheriff’s Office detectives as the man who stole several power tools from Brinker Brown Fastener, as well as several other local businesses over the last week.  In addition to the local charges of grand theft which he now faces, Mason also has multiple warrants for his arrest in various jurisdictions between Orlando and Miami for similar crimes.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Mason 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 mobile P3 app.

Note:  A photo of Russell Mason is attached to this release.

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November 4, 2016                                      

Suspect sought in series of tool thefts

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying and tracking down a man who police believe is responsible for at least three thefts over the last few weeks.

On Thursday, November 3rd, Lee County Sheriff’s deputies responded to Brinker Brown Fastener, located at 12290 Crystal Commerce Loop, in regards to the theft of power tools.  Employees said an unknown black male entered the business around 11 a.m., stating that he was waiting for a friend.  Over the course of about 30 minutes, the man walked in and out of the store four times.  After he left for the final time, employees noticed two tools removed from the wall, and two empty boxes in the same area.  Detectives believe the same individual is responsible for three other similar thefts in the central part of Lee County and Fort Myers.

The suspect is described as a heavyset black male, approximately 6’3”.  He wore a camouflage hat during Thursday morning’s theft.

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 through the P3 mobile app.

Note:  A surveillance still of the suspect is attached to this release.  There is no video available at this time.

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