Bold Robberies Likely Linked
Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help identifying and tracking down a man detectives believe robbed two different gas stations, two nights in a row.
The first occurred at 8:39 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16th at the Marathon gas station located at 2938 Fowler Street. A male, wearing black coveralls and a black ski mask aggressively approached the clerk with a silver handgun demanding money. The clerk complied and the man fled on foot. The next night, around 9:50 p.m., a man fitting the same physical description, wearing identical clothing, and brandishing a similar gun, entered the Shell/Lehigh Express at 1626 Meadow Road in Lehigh, and ordered both clerks to empty the till and give him all the cash. Despite the fact that multiple witnesses were in the store during both robberies, the suspect reportedly was confident and quick – each time leaving the store in less than a minute.
“There are far too many similarities between the two robberies to think that they are not related,” said Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Coordinator. “Detectives from both the Fort Myers Police Department and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office have compared notes, and they strongly believe that they’re both looking for the same man. And given the brazen, confident actions of this individual, there remains a strong probability that he’ll do it again.”
The black coveralls worn in both robberies are unusual in nature, and are believed to be Airforce brand. A photo of the jumpsuit, although in a different color, is attached to this release, as well as surveillance photos from the October 16th robbery at theMarathon station and the October 17th robbery at the Shell station.
Anyone with information on this violent crime 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 atwww.swflcrimestoppers.org or by texting a tip to CRIMES (274637) Keyword: REWARD.