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Crime continues to target a North Fort Myers park

Posted at 6:19 PM, Mar 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-10 08:16:58-05

Crime continues to target a popular facility. For weeks crooks have been setting their sights on the North Fort Myers Recreational Park. The place has seen everything from car burglaries to vandalism. 

Jackie Carpino tells Four In Your Corner she is outraged to know the park she spends a lot of time at is being hit by crime. 

"There's no reason for this. If they had to pay the bill they wouldn't be making it," Carpino said.

The Lee County Sheriff's Office is investigating several incidents at North Fort Myers Recreational Park. Just this week, deputies have responded to complaints finding obscenities around the park spray painted in silver and red. A report from earlier this month shows a fire extinguisher was set off inside the closed Press Box. 

According to a report, three juveniles used black permanent markers to write graffiti in the picnic area. As well as flipping picnic tables in the park. The total damage reported was $300. 

In January, six locked cars were broken into within 30 minutes. 

"Maybe they should have cameras here. As a taxpayer I would be more than willing to pay a little extra," Carpino said. 

Carpino proposes the county consider installing cameras in local public parks similar to how cameras are installed in downtown Fort Myers. 

"No one is going to fool around with a security camera. They [investigators] are going to take the photos and they're going to catch them," she said.