Law enforcement in Collier Co. working to see if recent robberies are connected

CREATED Feb 26, 2014

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COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- Law enforcement in Collier County is working to see if three armed home invasions in the past two weeks are connected.

The first happened on White Boulevard in Golden Gate Estates on February 13th. The second on Golden Oaks Lane about 15 minutes away. The most recent happened Monday night in an upscale Naples neighborhood on 17th Avenue South.

The gunmen in that robbery are still on the loose.  Police say three adults and two children were bound with duct tape.  The suspects 

got away with jewelry, cash and a black BMW that was later recovered behind the Tommy Bahama's on 3rd Street South. Shoppers said it is a scary situation.

"I was surprised.  A little shocked particularly

that it was an armed home invasion in an upscale neighborhood that included children," seasonal resident Rich MacDonald said.

The style of robbery is similar to two others reported in Collier County earlier this month. Reports show on February 13th, five gunman broke into a home on White Boulevard and stole jewelry, cash and a laptop while holding a family at gunpoint.

Days later, a man was hurt after he was beaten by two gunmen who entered his home on Golden Oaks Lane. Law enforcement officials said it is too early to tell but are looking to see if all three armed invasions are connected. Nearby residents said they still feel safe but will continue to keep their guards up.

"I lock my doors I lock my garage, I'm aware of my surroundings," MacDonald said. 

"I was shocked, of course, but I think it is a rare occurrence and I do believe the police department here is quite efficient," one resident said.

Naples Police and the Collier County Sheriff's Office are still investigating the home invasions.