Published: Jun 05, 2013 12:13 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 05, 2013 8:18 PM EDT

FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla.- SWFL Crime Stoppers is asking for the public's assistance in spotting suspicious activity on Fort Myers Beach, after a rise in beachside burglaries.

In the last four months, 17 residential burglaries have been reported along the seven mile stretch of Fort Myers Beach, with the most recent activity occurring on the north end of the island. The thieves have been striking rental properties and time share condominiums, where they enter the buildings in the early evening hours once the victims leave to go out for dinner. Shortly after the victims depart, the suspects make entry through a door, using little, if any force. Once inside, the thieves steal cash and jewelry, however have not taken any electronic items to date.

Detectives with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office believe there may be two suspects working in unison, who have devised a strategic plan so that they don’t stand out. During one recent incident, it is believed one of the suspects stayed outside the front of the property talking on a cell phone, while another entered through a back door by prying the door handle. On two of the burglaries, witnesses described two suspicious persons seen in the immediate area. They were described as being white males, 40-45 years of age, between 5’7” and 6’0” and between 150 and 180 pounds.

Anyone with information on the beach thieves is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477). Information on the suspects, or suspicious activity, can also be made online at or by texting a tip to CRIMES (274637) Keyword: REWARD.