FORT MYERS, Fla. - Two suspects were caught on camera trying to break into a Gateway home. Now Lee County deputies are asking for your help identifying the teens before they strike again. Investigators believe these thieves are responsible for several home and car burglaries on Gemstone Court.
Wink News spoke exclusively to one of the victims who says living in a gated community gives people a false sense of security. The Stoneybrook homeowner did not want to appear on camera, but allowed our cameras inside his Gateway home, to show us just how close the burglars came to his family.
"It's nerve wrecking, you have someone potentially enter your house and take something or potentially confront you," he said.
According to investigators, two teenagers burglarized the home early Monday morning. You can see the scratches where the suspects, wearing hoodies and gloves, tried to pry the sliding glass door open, but then decided to walk away.
"Without an alarm system or without my dogs, I don't know what they could have done," he said.
The crooks didn't stop there. They broke into three cars on the same street.
"To see something happen and have no access. To have no power of authority over what's going on and know that she's in danger, that's more nerve wrecking than being here and having someone come in," he said.
The homeowner says the outbreak of activity proves even in gated communities, people need to be more aware. "Once someone leaves that gate they have no idea where they go. You have to rely on yourself and not on a gate house," he said.
Anyone with information on the identities of these two young men are asked to call Crime Stoppers 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 or by texting a tip to CRIMES (274637) Keyword: REWARD.