Video shows man trying to get into parked cars

Posted at 1:37 PM, May 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-19 14:39:18-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- Authorities hope that surveillance video showing a man trying to get into locked vehicles will keep residents aware of car burglars.

This home surveillance video was recorded Wednesday night at a home on St. Claire Avenue East in the Lochmoor Waterway Estates neighborhood of North Fort Myers.

The unknown suspect used a flashlight to see what was accessible in the cars, but when he tried to unsuccessfully open the locked doors, he simply walked away.

“Anytime there’s an incident of an attempted car burglary, it typically isn’t an isolated incident,” said Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Coordinator.  “If a suspect touches one car, chances are they’re trying to gain access to every car on the street or in a particular neighborhood.  Thieves often get lucky when people leave their cars unlocked, making it easy for criminals to get in and out with whatever items they can collect.  In this case, the doors were locked and, at least at this one house, the burglar’s efforts were thwarted.  But the likelihood that he made similar attempts at other homes in the area is high.”

Anyone with information on the identity and whereabouts of the suspect 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 or by texting a tip to CRIMES (274637) Keyword: REWARD.