January 16, 2018

**UPDATE #2**

Detectives are releasing new images this evening of an additional suspect, who has consistently worn a camouflage jacket, in several of the Lehigh vehicle burglaries.  Crime Stoppers is hoping that someone may recognize this individual, who may be lingering in the Sunshine Boulevard and Lee Boulevard areas in the overnight hours.

Since mid-December, there has been a vast increase in vehicle burglaries and property thefts throughout the Lehigh Acres community. Not all targeted vehicles have been unlocked as the suspects have been seen, in some instances, using a slim-jim tool to open locked vehicle doors. The uptick of car burglaries serves as a reminder to residents to always ensure that their car doors are locked and to bring all items of value, especially firearms, inside the home.

Anyone with information on the identities of the suspects involved with these crimes, particularly the male wearing the camouflage jacket, is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477).  Tips may also be made online at www.southwestfloridacrimestoppers.com or by submitting a tip on the P3Tips mobile app.

 

January 16, 2018

**UPDATE #1**

Within the last 48 hours, several additional break-ins have occurred within the same corridor of Lehigh Acres as the previous incidents.  Detectives believe the same suspects are responsible for most, if not all, of the burglaries.  Additional photographs, as well as a video clip, of the suspects are being provided in hopes of identifying the persons involved.

The uptick of car burglaries serves as a reminder to residents to always ensure that their car doors are locked and to bring all items of value, especially firearms, inside the home.

Lehigh Acres Burglaries Dollar General

 

January 16, 2018

Suspects sought in string of car burglaries

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying one or more suspects involved in a string of Lehigh Acres car burglaries over the last few weeks.

Three of the documented break-ins occurred between Christmas Day and December 28th.  In one instance, the victim noticed that a money clip was missing from the center console of her unlocked car and that papers from the console were strewn about the car.  Among the items taken from the vehicle, which was parked at a residence on 1st Street SW, were a radar detector, $500 in cash, several gift cards and an American Express credit card, which was used at various locations throughout Lee County om December 26.  Detectives believe the same suspect(s) are responsible for a similar break-in on nearby 4th Street SW, where numerous credit cards and gift cards were removed from a car in the overnight hours of December 27.  The victim was informed of the theft when one of her credit card companies inquired about questionable purchases.  She soon learned that an unknown person made a $60 transaction at the Beall’s store in Lehigh Acres, however subsequent transactions at Capital Pawn and Family Dollar were both declined.

On December 28th, a third suspect reported that her car had been broken into the night before, possibly due to a faulty locking mechanism.  When she opened her car door in the morning, she noticed that items were scattered on the floorboard and that her loaded Sig Sauer 9mm gun had been stolen.  A laptop, purse and numerous credit cards had also been taken by the unknown suspect.

Surveillance cameras at Lehigh area businesses captured images of at least one suspect using several of the stolen cards.  Anyone with information on the identity and whereabouts of the suspect(s) 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 mobile app.