FORT MYERS, Fla.- On Sunday, the Fort Myers Police Department received information through Crime Stoppers about a possible robbery that would take place in the City. The anonymous tipster advised the robbery was planned for Monday, March 26, 2012 at the Kmart located at 3853 Cleveland Avenue. The tipster provided a name of a possible suspect and information about the suspect’s plan to rob the jewelry counter in the store.
FMPD notified the store manager and provided a picture of the suspect, known to police as 31-year-old William Graham of Cape Coral. Detectives developed a plan to conduct surveillance at the store throughout the day. At 11:48 a.m. Graham arrived at the store, walked inside and went to the jewelry counter. He waited for a few minutes and then turned around and left the store.
Police detained Graham without incident.
A records check revealed Graham had an outstanding warrant for Violation of Probation.
Police arrested Graham for that warrant.
“This is what happens when citizens get involved with law enforcement. I am so proud of our officers’ ability to take proactive measures and keep the community safe because a citizen took the time to call in a tip,” said Chief Doug Baker.
Trish Routte with Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers echoed those sentiments saying, "We need more people actively involved in crime prevention and there are several ways to do the right thing. Call Crime Stoppers; submit a tip on line or text-a-tip. You will remain anonymous and protected and as in this case you can walk away with a cash reward."
Anyone with information about suspicious activity is asked to call FMPD at 321-7700, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS or text message C-R-I-M-E-S (274637) Keyword FMPD. Tipsters can remain anonymous.