FORT MYERS, Fla - Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public's help identifying two young men caught on video breaking into a truck last week, then driving it away for possible use in the commission of additional burglaries.
Detectives say the vehicle was stolen in the early morning hours of July 21st from a residence on 6th Street SW in Lehigh. Video cameras attached to the home taped the duo approaching the car as it sat in the driveway. One of them opened the left rear door of the truck, reached in, and unlocked the front door. He climbed in the front seat and began rummaging through the interior compartments. The second suspect climbed into the back seat. Approximately one minute later, the suspect in the rear seat stuck his head out of the vehicle, and appeared to have noticed the security cameras pointed at the truck. At that point, he ran away from the scene, as his partner in crime was able to start
the truck, and drive it away.
Early this morning, deputies recovered the stolen truck just a few miles away -- on the other side of Sunshine Boulevard. The grey Chevy Silverado was a vehicle suspected to have been used in the commission of several other burglaries within the last 24 hours. The stolen truck is being processed now for possible evidence, and will then be released back to its rightful owner.
In the meantime, the identities of the two men taped stealing the car last week are being sought. Several still photos of the suspects are attached to this release. Both suspects were Hispanic or light skinned black males, approximately 5'9." One had facial hair and a tattoo on his lower left arm and his hair pulled up into a short ponytail. The other suspect was wearing a knit cap which bulged in the back, as if covering a pile of hair.
Anyone with information on the identity of these young men is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477). All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for up to $1,000 in cash rewards if their tip leads to an arrest.