Published: Jul 25, 2013 10:34 AM EDT
Updated: Jul 26, 2013 4:08 PM EDT


Over the course of the last 24 hours, more than 50 tips regarding the below case were received through Crime Stoppers, which led to the identification last night of Shanice Stewart as the primary suspect.  This afternoon, as a result of one of those tips, Shanice Stewart and her accomplice, Shawnice Adkins (DOB 10/5/78) were both apprehended and charged with grand theft.  Both women were taken into custody without incident and both are enroute to the Lee County Jail for booking at this time.  

Crime Stoppers sincerely appreciates the outpouring of information from the community regarding this case," said Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Coordinator.  "This case was a perfect example of the community stepping up to the plate and doing their part in helping identify criminals and removing them from our streets."

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers says a barrage of tips has lead to the identity of one of the woman who allegedly used several young children to commit a felony crime earlier this week.  She is identified as 25 year old Shanice Stewart   Investigators say Stewart now faces charges of felony grand theft and possible other charges.  According to deputies, two adult females, and five young children, entered the Gymboree store at 20350 Summerlin Road, on Tuesday evening, to go shopping. When they approached the check out counter, another female was there speaking with one of the employees. When the suspect became engaged in that conversation, one of the children swiped the victims wallet, which was left on the counter. Once the stolen wallet was in hand, the troupe quickly exited the store and left in a white colored vehicle. The victim’s phone was also taken, but was found shortly thereafter along the roadside near Tanger Outlets. Within an hour, credit cards left in the wallet were used twice at Pier One Imports for charges of more than $200, as well as the Foot Locker at the Edison Mall, charging up two initial fraudulent purchases for roughly $400. When the suspect and her children, ranging in age from 5-12, returned to make a third purchase for approximately $600 in shoes, the card was declined, as the victim had reported her credit cards as being stolen.  Anyone with information on Stewart's whereabouts or  the identity off the other woman  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 or by texting a tip to CRIMES (274637) Keyword: REWARD.