LEE COUNTY- Lee County sheriff's detectives have arrested two people in connection with a recent rash of burglaries targeting Subway restaurants.
A tip to Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers led to the initiation of a surveillance operation at 1870 Lavonia Lane in North Fort Myers. The subjects of the surveillance operation were identified as Casey Long, 33, and Damion Stafford, 30.
During the late night hours of February 13, 2011, detectives watched as Long and Stafford left their residence and walked to the Weaver's Corner shopping center located at the northeast corner of the intersection of Bayshore Road and North Tamiami Trail. Once there, detectives witnessed Long use a tool of some sort to try to pry open the front door to a business identified as Nail 2001. When the door wouldn't open, Stafford used a rock and hurled it through the glass portion of the door. Stafford kept watch outside as Long entered the business. Undercover vehicles responded and Long and Stafford were arrested.
Upon her arrest, Long told detectives that she and Stafford had left their 23-month old son at home unsupervised while they were committing the crime. Deputies went to the residence and found the child at home asleep.
A search warrant was prepared and executed at the home. There detectives found a sheet of paper on the dresser titled "Subway." Below the title was a list of addresses to Subway restaurants, some of which were scratched through.
Detectives say they have evidence which links Long and Stafford to at least eight of the Subway burglaries. They are also charged with the burglary of the Nail Salon and face Child Neglect charges as well.
More charges are pending as the investigation continues.