ESTERO, Fla.-- Deputies in Lee County are investigating more than a dozen car break-ins at two apartment complexes near Miromar Outlets and Hertz Arena.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office said 13 cars were broken into at the Springs at Gulf Coast Apartments on Highland Oaks Drive and Longitude 81 Apartments on Everblades Parkway. A black gate surrounds both complexes.
The Sheriff’s office said suspect(s) stole a cellphone, cash, a purse and credit cards. They said thieves targeted unlocked cars.
Jennifer Lambert with Lee County Crime Stoppers said people can prevent these break-ins, “Most thieves they’re looking for the quick route of getting things. If they see things laying on the seat. They’re looking for unlocked cars rather than breaking windows."
She said don’t make your car a target, “Remove any valuables that they have, such as laptops, wallets, purses. Remove them and possibly put them in their trunk.”
Lambert recommends people protect their homes, too this holiday season, “Keep your garage lights on, your porch lights on. And if you have an alarm system, turn it on."
Crime Stoppers also recommended calling the police if anyone sees anything suspicious in the area.