April 20, 2017

Weekend thief’s actions caught on camera

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying an unknown suspect who broke into a Lee County nursery this past weekend.

Sometime between 7 p.m. on April 15th and 3:00 p.m. on April 16th, an unknown male broke through a window at Riverland Nursery, located at 13005 Palm Beach Boulevard.  Before making entry, surveillance video captured images of him scouting out the internal layout of the businesses office with a flashlight.  The suspect managed to disable the businesses phone system, so as not to trigger the alarm.  Once inside, he scoured the business, leaving checks and paperwork scattered on desks and the floor.  Once he discovered the store’s cash register, he took an undisclosed amount of cash and left the building.

Although the alarm system was inoperable to detect the theft, surveillance cameras were running during the commission of the crime.  Now, Crime Stoppers is hoping someone can help place a name with the suspect’s face.

Anyone with information on the identity and whereabouts of the suspect 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 surveillance clips from the break-in are attached to this release.

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