Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying and locating two males who burglarized a locked vehicle, and tried to break into a home, while the owners were out of town.

The victim and her husband left town on December 21st for the holidays and, before leaving, double checked that both their car vehicle and home’s shutters were locked and secured.  When the couple returned to their Bells Street E. home in Lehigh on January 1st, they discovered their car had been ransacked and a window above their front door was broken.  The unknown suspects managed to gain entry to the car by breaking the drivers side door.  Once inside, the young men stole several hundred dollars worth of personal items.  Although the criminal duo attempted to break into the home, the suspects were unsuccessful.

After reviewing the home’s surveillance video this week, images of two young men were captured between 9 and 10 p.m. on Saturday, December 29th.  The suspects initially used what appears to be a hammer and tree trimmer cutters to pry open shutters at the rear of the home.  Roughly an hour later, they were seen at the front of the home breaking into the car parked in the driveway.

Anyone with information on the identities and whereabouts of the suspects 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 or by submitting a tip on the P3Tips mobile app.