Suspects sought in rash of Golden Gate Estates car burglaries
GOLDEN GATE ESTATES, Fla. Two suspects are wanted in connection with stealing items from more than 24 cars over the last two weeks, the Collier County Sheriff’s Office said.
The break-ins occurred in multiple residential areas including the Orange Tree community, and homes along Everglades Boulevard — from Oil Well Road to Immokalee Road, deputies said.
The vehicles were primarily left unlocked and purses, laptops and GPS devices taken were in plain sight, according to deputies.
Deputies released surveillance footage in hopes of finding a suspect described as two men wearing a light and dark hoodie.
Deputies urge residence to lock their car doors to prevent burglaries and provided the following tips as a part of a social media campaign promoting awareness and safe habits:
- Remove your valuables from your car or keep them away out of sight.
- Remove base mounts, cords and chargers from view.
- Lock car and trunk doors
- Set a car alarm.
- Check the gates to your property and doors to your home are also locked.
- Turn on exterior lights.
Report any stolen items of significance if your vehicle gets broken into.
Anyone with information should contact the Collier County Sheriff’s Office at 239-793-9300, or submit an anonymous tip by calling Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS.