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Suspect sought in at least seven lawn equipment thefts in Lehigh Acres

Posted at 12:52 PM, Dec 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-08 12:52:34-05

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for help identifying one or more individuals who are believed to be responsible for a series of lawn equipment thefts in the Lehigh Acres area over the last two weeks.

According to Crime Stoppers, deputies say the spree started on November 26 and has continued as recently as Monday, December 6th.  In each instance, lawn maintenance equipment has been discretely stolen from the open beds of work trucks while employees were otherwise occupied. 

In the instance pictured here from November 30th, at least one suspect, dressed in all black, could be seen running from a company truck and loading the stolen goods into a larger white SUV.  Approximately $800 in equipment was taken. 

In total, detectives are working on seven separate cases and they believe that each crime is being perpetrated by the same suspect or suspects.

Anyone with information on the person or persons responsible for these thefts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477).  All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.  Tips may also be made online at www.southwestfloridacrimestoppers.com or by submitting a tip on the P3Tips app.