Thieves target homes and pawn shop in series of robberies

Posted at 7:03 PM, Aug 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-18 19:03:09-04


Businesses and homeowners on high alert after a series of burglaries in North Fort Myers around the El Rio Golf Club.

Thieves took a stolen truck for a crime spree. They targeted Gold Miner pawn shop off of Hancock Bridge Parkway.

"What are you going for there," asked Dan Richards, after his car was vandalized. "Guns? It's ridiculous," he added.

The crooks tried to hammer their way into the pawn shop, but the glass survived 15 blows. The thieves then got chased away by the overnight security.

They then set their sights on apartments and homes around the El Rio Golf Club in North Fort Myers.

Richards has lived in North Fort Myers is whole life. He is frustrated thieves targeted him and a few other homes.

"This is way too nice of a neighborhood for people to be going in people's cars and taking other stuff that people have earned," said Richards.

Richards confident his neighbor's investment in security cameras will pay off.

"He just paid a lot of money to have that done," he said. "We got them on camera, we just hope they get caught," he added.

He also hopes if anyone saw something, they'd report it.

"They are walking down the road with hoodies on and bandanas covering their faces," said Richards. "If someone is coming down the road at 3 o'clock in the morning and they see that, they should call someone."

Other local businesses telling 4 In Your Corner they received phone calls from the Lee County Sheriff's Office warning them of the series of burglaries around town and for them to be on high alert.