Night burglars target North Fort Myers cars

NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla.- Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying one or more individuals responsible for at least one, but possibly more, vehicle break-ins and thefts this week.

One incident occurred during the overnight hours of Sunday night into Monday morning in Moody River Estates.

According to the victim, she heard people outside her residence just before midnight on Sunday, February 22, but did not attempt to look outside.

When she got into her vehicle at 7 a.m. Monday morning, she observed the contents of her center console tossed all over the passenger seat. She discovered a few items missing, including headphones.

The victim told deputies that she usually was in the habit of locking her car doors, but did not that particular night. She also stated that this was the second time in a few months that her car had been broken into.

During the same night, authorities say there was a car stolen from another gated community approximately a half mile north of Moody River Estates. It is unknown, at this point, if the two incidents are related.

Surveillance cameras captured images of one suspect breaking into the victim’s car.  Although the facial features are not visible, the suspect was carrying an unusual backpack and wore a distinctive hat.

Anyone with information on the identity of this 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.swflcrimestoppers.org or by texting a tip to CRIMES (274637) Keyword: REWARD.