FORT MYERS- Crime Stoppers is asking for the public's help identifying a man who boldly walked out of two Wal Mart stores, over the course of two days, carting out large flat screen TV's without ever paying a dime.
Surveillance cameras first caught the man at the North Fort Myers Wal Mart last Tuesday, January 25th, shortly after 5 p.m., with a 40" Sony LCD television set. The unknown suspect loaded up the television set and pushed it over to the Home Goods department, where he removed the security device. The suspect then walked through the front door of the store, passing all cash registers, before he was stopped by the store's greeter. But when the greeter was briefly distracted, the suspect seized the opportunity to high tail it out of the store before anyone could question him further.
Two days later, on Thursday, Jan. 27, at approximately 4:30 p.m., that same man was caught on video wheeling out a 47" Phillips flat screen HD television set at the front door of the Wal Mart on Colonial Boulevard. When the store's greeter attempted to stop the suspect and ask him to provide a receipt for the TV, the suspect stated that his wife was on her way out of the checkout line, and would show her the receipt. He then quickly exited the store and loaded up the $700 television set into an SUV - possibly a Chevrolet. Not surprisingly, there was no wife - and thus, no receipt.
Detectives are looking for any information on this individual, and where he may be located at this time. Tips may be called into the Crime Stoppers hotline 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.