SWFL media production companies hit by rash of burglaries
NAPLES, Fla. It’s a tough time to be a media production company in Southwest Florida.
Four separate facilities have been burglarized in the past month. Collier County Sheriff’s investigators are looking into possible connections between all of them.
Three cameras worth a total of about $20,000 were stolen from ITZ on 1712 Commercial Drive in Naples on Sept. 29, the same night Guerilla Media, just five minutes away on 3606 Enterprise Ave., was also broken into.
The week before, The Naples Studio on 501 Goodlette-Frank Road and Dreamtime Entertainment on 2180 W First St. in Fort Myers were hit.
“It was just unreal this would actually happen,” ITZ Media President Robert Carr said.
In each case, a thief or thieves went straight for the most expensive items, leaving the others behind and making it seem as though they knew exactly what they were looking for. They made off with between $20,000 and $50,000 worth of equipment each time.
“It very well may be the difference between staying in business and not,” Carr said, hopeful the stolen items will ultimately be recovered.
His advice to counterparts in the meantime: Put your valuables in a safe.