COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - For the first time, we're getting a look at the evidence against a group of the so-called "ninja robbers" including disturbing text messages between them. The men are suspected of targeting upscale Collier County homes tying up their victims and robbing them.
The state Attorney General just released 80 new text messages from suspect Frank Bower's phone. The texts were sent between March and May of this year to suspects Henry Contreras, Johnathan Contreras and Andres Perez.
In several texts the men refer to the frightening home invasions as "hunting expeditions" and plot out where they're going to hit up next. In one text, Bower says: "I found some new hunting down in Pinellas County down by St. Pete. Bigger bucks than the last hunting property. I think its going to be European food this time. LOL."
In late April, Bower allegedly texted the other suspects about hitting up a property in Windermere. Deputies say that's exactly what they did. Surveillance video shows three men as they stormed into a Windermere home, tied up the victim and stole jewelry and cash.
The text messages also show the men made about $12 thousand from the heists. The men also said in their text messages that they watched their crimes on the evening news. The text messages show its possible they left Collier County because of the attention the crimes were getting. That attention and the robberies stopped when deputies caught the "Ninja Robbers" in the act, trying to break into an Orlando mansion in May.