|Published:||Nov 23, 2012 10:57 AM EST|
|Updated:||Nov 23, 2012 11:06 AM EST|
NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla.- Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help tracking down a known offender, who detectives believe broke into at least two North Fort Myers homes within the last week.
Brian Kolpack, 33, is being sought in connection with the burglaries of two homes and the theft of an unknown amount of property. Detectives with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office say the first home was broken into on Hollyberry Court in North Fort Myers on November 15th. A neighbor spotted a window broken at the residence, and the front door pried off and left laying on the front steps to the home. The homeowner was out of town at the time of the crime, so it’s unknown exactly how much was taken, but the neighbor said that at the minimum, a large flat screen television set had been removed from the property. Surveillance video from nearby spotted an unknown white male riding in the neighborhood on a bicycle, with a flat screen TV under one arm, around that same time frame. That male is believed to be Kolpack.
Then, two days later, a second home was broken into in Laurel Estates. The homeowners in this case were also out of town at the time of the burglary. Neighbors called the Sheriff’s Office when they noticed that the front window of the home had been pried open. Upon arrival at the scene, detectives found the home had been ransacked with an undisclosed number of items taken.
Detectives believe Kolpack, who has a lengthy history of burglaries in North Fort Myers, is responsible for both crimes. Kolpack has been jailed 14 times before in Lee County, on a wide array of charges including cocaine trafficking, fraud, dealing in stolen property, fleeing and eluding officers, theft and assault on a law enforcement officer. Kolpack is a registered convicted felon, who is likely to be laying low in the North Fort Myers area.
Anyone with information Kolpack’s whereabouts could earn some extra holiday cash by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477). Tips may also be made online at www.swflcrimestoppers.org or by texting a tip to CRIMES (274637) Keyword: REWARD. All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.
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