April 26, 2017

Suspects target more than a dozen cars in early morning break-ins

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying two or more individuals responsible for a series of car burglaries early this morning.

Detectives say that between the hours of 2:30 and 3:00 a.m., the suspects made entry into roughly a dozen cars in the Timberlake Community, off Three Oaks Parkway.  All of the vehicles were unlocked at the time and one truck was stolen from a driveway.  While canvassing the area, detectives found the stolen truck which was ditched by the suspects near the community pool area in Timberlake.  A Code Red alert was issued to residents in the Timberlake Community earlier today, advising residents of the burglaries that had occurred.

Home surveillance video captured images of the suspects lingering around cars in the neighborhood.  Cars which were unlocked made for easy targets and ones which were locked and secured were typically bypassed.

“The best rule of thumb to keep yourself from becoming a victim of a car burglary is to take the brief, simple step of locking the doors,” said Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Coordinator.  “That momentary action can prevent a crime from occurring, and most times will ensure that your valuables won’t end up in the wrong hands.”

Anyone with information on the identities of the suspects involved in this morning’s break-ins 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.

Note:  Two brief surveillance videos of the suspects are attached to this release.  Also, please note that there will be several report numbers generated by this morning’s spree, which will be available tomorrow.