FORT MYERS, Fla.- On Tuesday, September 13, 2011 Officers from the Fort Myers and Cape Coral Police Departments as well as Deputies from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office assigned to a Metal-Theft Taskforce arrested a suspect for stealing metal worth thousands of dollars. Police arrested Corey Campbell, 33, of Fort Myers for dealing in stolen property, grand theft and possession of cocaine.
On Friday, September 9, 2011 police responded to Dean Steel Buildings, Inc. located at 2929 Industrial Avenue in reference to a past occurred burglary and theft. It was determined that several lengths of steel tubing and other equipment used in the manufacturing of steel goods were missing from the compound. They were valued between $30,000 and $40,000.
The Lee County Metal Theft Task Force began investigating the high dollar theft and developed Campbell as a suspect. Detectives discovered that Campbell unloaded more than 1300 pounds of metal to a local recycling center within days of the crime. The task force conducted surveillance on Campbell and he was ultimately taken into custody without incident. While Campbell has been arrested, the case remains active as more arrests are pending. After Campbell was transported to the Lee County Jail, during a search of his personal property, deputies located two pieces of crack cocaine.
This isn’t the first time Campbell has been arrested. FMPD arrested Campbell back in April for stealing metal in a similar crime.