Thieves strike Fort Myers neighborhood

Posted at 6:23 PM, Oct 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-14 19:10:12-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Police say a family is in disbelief after thieves steal their car and go for a joy-ride.

"I had to see it for myself. I looked down the street, 'Are you sure you didn't park it up the street?' Of course he didn't park it up the street, it was parked in the driveway, but it wasn't there," said Erin McArthur, a mother of two young children.

But their car wasn't the only thing targeted inside Colony Trace this week. Thieves also setting their sights on a home just a few doors down.

"You would never think anything like that would happen in here, but you know, you just really can't trust anyone," said McArthur.

One of Erin's neighbors doesn't play around when it comes to security.

"You really don't want to take the chance, I like to be able to go back and check on the house and i have one out front and on every side," said Francesco Gillia, who has been a victim of thieves himself.

Gillia's cameras taking a snapshot of a Lee County Sheriff patrol car driving around the neighborhood after the crimes at Colony Trace.

"I saw three police cars in the neighborhood which is not usual," said Gillia.

Luckily for the McArthur family, Erin got a phone call that brought a smile and plenty of relief.

"I just felt so much better especially when he said, your car looks intact! Everything looks good! It looks like they just drove it out to Lehigh Acres and dropped it," she said.

Her husband is off the hook. He was the one who left the keys in the car.

"He took it like a champ because I think he knows that he kind of messed up, but he did learn a big lesson, the hard way unfortunately," she said.