Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying a man who returned to a Lehigh Acres business this afternoon, just over a month after he’s accused of robbing the store at gunpoint.
Around noon this afternoon, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call regarding a suspicious person at the Advance America check cashing store, located at 1119 Homestead Road. A known customer was about to be buzzed into the locked business when a male coming from the alleyway walked up behind her. The man was wearing sunglasses and a hat, which prompted employees to motion to him to remove the accessories before unlocking the door, which became standard procedure after the store was robbed at gunpoint on December 21st. Two employees, who both happened to be present for the December robbery, immediately recognized the man who held up the store previously. They both screamed, which caused the suspicious male to take off running. A perimeter was established in the area, with officers on the ground, K-9 units, as well as aviation assistance. The search for the gloved man did not result in his apprehension, however.
The suspicious person who fled this afternoon matches the description of the December 21st robbery suspect. He is a white male, in his 50’s, approximately 6’0”, with a grey short beard. The December robbery occurred around 12:30 p.m., and today’s incident happened around the same time of day.
Anyone who may have been in the area of the Advance America store on Homestead Road this afternoon, who may have recognized someone fitting the suspect’s description, 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.