COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- Today, WINK News spoke to the lead investigator with the Collier County Sheriff's Office, just one day after the Task Force Team met with investigators in Windermere. Detectives are working to see if a robbery there is connected to a string of home invasions here.
"This is unique because we have had five crimes in a similar type nature," said Lead Investigator Jim Williams.
A string of armed home invasions in Collier County, now have investigators wondering if they can be related to a similar crime last week in Windermere.
In fact, the Collier County Task Force describes the investigation as a puzzle, as they work with investigators nearly 200 miles away to piece together the evidence.
"Every piece of information fits into the puzzle. They talk about connecting the dots, but in many ways, in more like having three or more jigsaw puzzles mixed up on the wall," said Williams.
Lead Investigator Jim Williams is still staying tight-lipped about a lot of details.
"If someone is watching the news anywhere in the country, they can mimic that, so I can't."
But he tells WINK News, there are similarities in the cases. The masked intruders tie up their victims, wear dark clothes, and seem to target up scale homes.
"It's very tedious, unfortunately, time-consuming detective work, to try and put together enough pieces in the puzzle to identify who may have done it, get probable cause and conduct and arrest."
Investigators do have surveillance video from Collier and pictures from a security camera in Windermere to work with to catch the crooks. Investigators say they have received close to 60 tips on the Collier home invasions. The reward is now up to $26,000.