Serious crimes hit Naples in November

Posted at 6:30 PM, Nov 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-21 18:30:08-05

Three days after a pair of armed robbers stole a bag full of expensive watches from Provident Jewelry in downtown Naples, no arrests have been made, according to a spokesman with the Naples Police Department. Two men wearing motorcycle helmets entered the store Friday afternoon in broad daylight and grabbed the watches from a display case.

At least one of the men had a gun. They made their getaway on motorcycles.

"The fact that they got away on motorcycles and they have no idea who did it, that was a little surprising," said Pendy Coleman, a part-time Naples resident.

The bold crime is the latest in a string of serious offenses in the city. The Swan River Seafood Restaurant was hit by armed robbers on November 7, when attackers forced four employees into the walk-in cooler before getting away with about $6,000.

"In an affluent town like this, it is very surprising," said Ollie Neven, who is visiting from Colorado.

Then on November 11, Anthony Sanchez, 33, of LaBelle, was shot and killed in the River Park neighborhood.

That shooting is still unsolved, as is a double homicide that took the lives of Xavier Sierra, 18, and John Vargas, 29 in early July. Both men were found shot to death in a wooded area near an office park called The Commons on Goodlette-Frank Road.

Fox 4 requested crime statistics from the Naples Police Department to see if crime is on the rise in the city. We were told that those numbers would take several days to process.

Anyone who has information about any of the crimes mentioned should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS.