Suspect caught on camera with crowbar breaking into SWFL business
NORTH FORT MYERS
A suspect was filmed with a crowbar breaking into Scott’s Landscape Nursery in the middle of the night in North Fort Myers.
“He knew exactly where the money was kept,” said Trish Routte of SWFL Crime Stoppers. “Your average person who walks into a business randomly, they won’t know where the money is.”
But, at Scott’s Landscape Nursery on Bayshore Rd. this suspect knew exactly what to do. Crimestoppers said he was in and out of the business in just 11 minutes.
“They immediately went to the office, took money out of the cash register,” Routte said. “I ransacked the whole office, then I took off.” Before that, surveillance video captures the moment he broke into Scott’s landscape nursery.
“This guy is definitely a suspect and potentially more robberies in the immediate area,” Routte said. “Again, same kind of MO, both times, in both of those cases the guy comes in with a crowbar, we don’t know for sure if it’s the same guy or not. But definitely the same, the even my MO.
Another surveillance shows the same suspect covered from head to toe, his eyes were all that was visible.
“Every little bit helps, whether it’s his eyes, the way he walks behind the shoes he might be wearing, we’ll have to see what you know, additional video that might be released. But it’s all helpful,” Rich Kolko told WINK News Safety and Security Specialist.
“There, our intelligence analyst is putting together the various elements of this crime, comparing it to other crimes in the area, talking to other police departments, they have regular meetings, talk to the computer in person, they share this information,” Kolko said. Even the smallest tip could move this deal forward.
“We don’t need to know everything you know, who the guy is where he lives,” Routte said. “The tiniest bit of information may be the only thing detectives need to move this case forward to an arrest.”