February 10, 2017 

**UPDATE #2** 

On Thursday, February 9, detectives with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office charged Steven Roth (DOB 7/28/80) with three counts of uttering a forged instrument and one count of grand theft in relation to the theft of checks from a local residents mailbox.  Roth was already in custody after being arrested on February 2 on unrelated charges.  He was linked to the crime by an anonymous Crime Stoppers tip, and when interviewed by detectives, Roth was fully cooperative.  He remains in the Lee County Jail this morning. 

Note:  Roth’s booking photo is attached to this release.

January 19, 2017

**UPDATE #1**

 This afternoon, detectives with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office met with Dylan Goetz regarding his suspected involvement in the check theft and forgery case.  Although he was not arrested, he remains as the sole suspect in this case as further investigation continues.  Crime Stoppers thanks the media for helping detectives make a quick connection with Goetz.

January 19, 2017

Suspect sought after stealing checks from mailbox

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help tracking down a North Fort Myers man accused of stealing checks from a mailbox and cashing several before being shut down.

Dylan Goetz (DOB 4/19/83) is accused of stealing a box of blank checks from at least one mailbox on Slater Pines Drive in North Fort Myers just before Christmas.  The victim had been on vacation and upon his return, he saw that all the mailboxes on his street were open and empty.  A few days later, he received a phone call from his bank to verify that he wrote several checks which were made payable to Dylan Goetz.  That particular account had just been opened, and although a box of checks were ordered, the victim never received them.  Instead, it is believed that Goetz stole the checks from the mailbox, then proceeded to write out, and cash, two checks payable to himself from that account.  When Goetz tried to cash additional checks from the account, a savvy teller opted to verify the authenticity of the checks and subsequently declined payment. After learning that the checks couldn’t be cashed, Goetz took off and hasn’t been seen since.

Goetz is a repeat offender in Lee County, with 12 prior arrests under his belt already.  To date, he’s been charged with hit and run, drug possession, the sale and delivery of marijuana and cocaine, trafficking heroin, battery/domestic violence, DUI and resisting officers.  He is a registered felon who is currently on state supervision until August of 2018. 

Stealing mail is a federal offense and if convicted, Goetz could face a fine of up to $250,000 and five years in prison.  He will also be charged with at least one additional felony charge of forgery. 

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Goetz 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:  A previous mugshot of Goetz, as well as a surveillance photo from the bank where he tried to cash the stolen checks, is attached to this release.

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