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Dozens victimized in rash of car burglaries in Lehigh Acres

Deputies seeking car burglary suspects
Deputies seeking car burglary suspects
Deputies seeking car burglary suspects
Posted at 10:14 PM, Jan 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-18 15:59:05-05

UPDATE -- One of the suspects  sought in a string of car burglaries was arrested, Thursday morning.

Deputies responded to a domestic disturbance call Wednesday night in the area of 15th Street SW. During the investigation they recognized Matthew Mangham as a possible suspect in the vehicle break-ins. Inside his vehicle, they found a camouflage shirt, identical to the one worn during the burglary. A semi-automatic handgun which had been reported as stolen earlier this month, was also found in the vehicle. 

Mangham was arrested Thursday morning. He was charged with one count of burglary, battery, resisting officer and grand theft.

He remain at the Lee County Jail Center on no bond.


The Lee County Sheriff's Office and Crimestoppers are releasing fresh surveillance video of two suspects wanted for a string of car burglaries in Lehigh Acres.

15 different addresses were hit early on January 14th, between 2nd Street Southwest and 15th Street Southwest off Sunshine Boulevard.

"Credit cards, social security cards, and the kids insurance, and the kids social security card," said Jose Angel Torres Rodriguez.  

He lives at the end of 7th Street and had his car broken into.  Another man off 2nd Street gave Fox-4 surveillance video of a suspect breaking into his truck and taking cash.

Crimestoppers believes these suspects are responsible for another string of break-ins in December.

They made off with credit cards and tried to use them at a Dollar General, although the transaction was declined.

However, Jose is still feeling uneasy knowing his information may be in the burglar's hands.

"It concerns us as far as our credit and stuff like that, identity theft."

Crimestoppers says the two suspects may also be responsible for a December 28th break in, where a purse, gun and lap top computer were taken out of a car.

Anyone with information on these crimes is asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS, you could be eligible for a $1,000 cash reward.