NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. - Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help honing in on an unknown suspect who hauled off more than 30 phones from a North Fort Myers Verizon store early this morning.
They report that around 4 a.m., the suspect broke into the Verizon store at 515 Pine Island Road after smashing through the store’s window. Surveillance cameras captured images of the suspect, who appeared to have a white bag or pillowcase in hand. Deputies say the suspect walked calmly through the store, initially attempting to remove display telephones, which he eventually caused to fall and break into several pieces.
He then walked to the storage area, where he loaded up more than 30 Apple iPhones and Samsung Galaxy phones. Those phones, most of which were Apple brand, are valued at more than $20,000. After taking as many phones as he could find, the suspect left the store through the same window he entered through.
The break in wasn’t discovered until later this morning, when employees arrived to work and heard the alarm for the iPhone case sounding, and soon after found the inventory nearly depleted.
Anyone with information on the break-in, or the identity and whereabouts of the suspect, is 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.
For additional information, contact Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.