LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public's help identifying an unknown suspect who used credit cards stolen from unlocked cars in the overnight hours of April 29th.
Nearly a dozen cars were broken into that evening, with the suspect caught on camera just a matter of hours later purchasing miscellaneous items. According to detectives, the crime spree occurred in the Principia neighborhood, near South Point Drive and Winkler Road, and in every instance the cars were left unlocked, with valuables, wallets and personal identification left inside. Two Ford Trac’s were also stolen from the neighborhood during that same time frame. Surveillance cameras captured images of the suspects using one of the stolen credit cards at an area convenience store at 4:38 a.m. the morning after the burglaries.
“Victims are making it far too easy for criminals to prey upon them,” said Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Coordinator. “It takes very little effort to lock your car doors and bring anything of value inside the home. Once crooks have access to your credit cards and personal identification, all kinds of windows of opportunity open for them, including identity fraud and problems that can haunt victims for years to come.”
Once the suspect is identified and located, he faces potential charges of multiple counts of burglary of a vehicle, unlawful use of credit cards, as well as grand theft auto.
Anyone with information on 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.