LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public's help identifying a man who stole a wallet accidentally left behind at a grocery store, before making fraudulent purchases.
According to detectives, the woman was in the check out line at the Publix store, located at 15880 Summerlin Road, when she pulled out her wallet to pay for groceries. Upon leaving the store, she forgot her wallet on the counter. The 81-year-old woman immediately returned to the store, only to find the wallet was gone. She recalled a suspicious looking young man behind her in line, and described him as being in his late teens or early 20s, approximately 6’0”, 165-170 pounds with a thin build. Inside the wallet was cash, credit cards and other personal information. However, before the cards could be cancelled, they were used by the young man at a nearby Racetrac, where he made two separate purchases, then paid for gas to fuel up a white or silver Kia Optima.
Surveillance cameras captured the young man making the fraudulent purchases with the victim’s credit cards, and now Crime Stoppers hopes someone can put a name and location with the suspect’s face. Anyone with information on the identity of the young man 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.