LEE COUNTY, Fla.- As the result of leads generated by detectives and tips given to Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers, an arrest has been made in the December 18th grand theft at Dunkin's Diamonds.
Richard Sprague, 35, of 2512 40th Street, is charged with Grand Theft, Dealing in Stolen Property and Defrauding a Pawnbroker.
The investigation revealed that Sprague ran out of the store with a 28-inch yellow gold rope chain valued at $10,000 and later sold it to a local pawn shop.
ORIGINAL REPORT: The Lee County Sheriff's Office is requesting the public’s help in apprehending a suspect wanted for a Grand theft that occurred on December 18th at Dunkin’s Diamonds.
Deputies responded to the scene at approximately 5:10 p.m. and met with the store management who stated a sales employee was approached by a male suspect that requested to see a gold necklace to purchase. The sales person showed the subject a 28” 14 kt yellow gold rope chain. The suspect then fled out of the store into an awaiting vehicle with the gold chain.
No one was injured during the incident.
The suspect is described as white male, approximately 5’08” – 5’10” tall, between the ages of 25 to 35 years old, brown eyes, short brown hair, approximately 170 pounds with poor oral hygiene. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a blue baseball cap with writing on the front, a dark blue t-shirt with the writing VCC on the front and the rear possibly read “Christian Center”.
The suspect was last seen fleeing the business running to a vehicle parked at the rear of the business. The vehicle was described as a gold in color Toyota truck, possibly a Tundra. The vehicle was last seen fleeing into the Pine Manor Community.
Anyone who may know the identity of the person responsible or has further information is asked to call the Lee County Sheriff’s Office at (239) 477-1000 or, to remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 dollars, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS(8477). Anonymous tips may also be made online at www.swflcrimestoppers.org, through the TipSubmit app on any iPhone or by texting CRIMES (274637) Keyword: REWARD.