Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying and tracking down a young man believed to have robbed two Lehigh Acres stores at gunpoint last night.
The first incident occurred at the Family Dollar, located at 1111 Homestead Road, just after 9 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28. A white or Hispanic male, wearing a camo jacket, black shirt and donning a black plastic mask, entered the store brandishing a firearm. The suspect demanded all the cash from the register, and the clerk complied. The suspect fled the store headed southbound towards Alabama Road. While deputies were investigating the robbery, a call for a second robbery nearby came in. Just before 9:30 p.m., a man fitting the same description as the Family Dollar robber went to the Dollar Tree store, located at 5525 Lee Boulevard, and produced a firearm, and ordered the cashier to hand over the register’s cash. After pocketing the cash, the man left the area in an unknown direction.
The robber from both incidents is 6’0”, with a thin build, and is believed to be in his early 20s.
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 www.swflcrimestoppers.org or by texting a tip to CRIMES (274637) Keyword: REWARD.
Armed robbery at the Family Dollar Store on homestead road just shortly before 9 p.m. this evening Lee County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a black male that has a small weapon. Less than 20 minutes later Dollar Tree on Lee Boulevard got robbed next from same suspect LCSO black man that robbed stores and white man that drove the car.
“She just came towards me with the car and I’m pretty sure I hit her mirror. After that, I just blacked out,” said Luis Escobar.
Escobar was running errands for his family on Thanksgiving, when he says a woman in a white Nissan plowed into his motorcycle and took off. Escobar said he was still on the ground when she drove off.
Lehigh Acres Rotary service project provided Thanksgiving meals to nearly 600 people in Lehigh Acres on Thanksgiving Day. And nearly 230 of those were served in the first hour.
The Rotary Club works year-round to host the dinners at St. Raphael Church. Two dozen Rotary Club members cook for days to feed as many as 600 people.
Lehigh Acres Gazette Christmas Home Decoration Contest – Get your house ready for Christmas and win one of two prizes and your photo and story in the newspaper. 2015 Theme is “Peace on Earth”. Register your home or nominate someone else by December 19 by emailing the Lehigh Acres Gazette at firstname.lastname@example.org Name, Street Address and Phone Number
Get your house ready for Christmas and win one of four prizes and your photo and story in the newspaper. 2015 Theme is “Peace on Earth”.
Best of Show
Judging will be Sunday December 20th so you must register your home or nominate someone else’s home by December 6th by calling 239-245-4815 or emailing the Lehigh Acres Gazette at email@example.com your Name, Street Address and Phone Number ( Rules – You must live in the 143 square miles of the Lehigh Acres Fire District and the property most be able to be seen at the road).
FREE EVENT but must register by December 19 by 6:00pm
The Lehigh Acres Gazette will be closed for Thanksgiving Day to spend some quality time with family and friends.
Samantha Brister was crowned Florida Miss America’s US Teen. Ms. Brister was named most Photogenic and was the winner of Evening gown portion in her division.
Lexi James was a finalist in the Florida Jr. Miss American Beauty Pageant. Ms. James also won the Academic and Fashion Model award for her age division.
The CWC (Community Watch Coordinators) is a group of Neighborhood Watch Coordinators that meet once a month to help maintain and build neighborhood watch groups here in Lehigh Acres. Since 2008 when the CWC was formed by Neighborhood Watch Coordinators in the Lehigh area to provide continuing education, motivation and support for each other. Neighborhood Watch groups and coordinators are initially started and trained by Crime Prevention Specialist Larry Gutridge of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office where groups are taught that they are the “eyes and ears” of the Sheriff’s Office.
Gutridge will be retiring January 4, after serving the Lee County Sheriff Office for nine years.
Crime Prevention is the main focus of the CWC and Neighborhood Watches however they are involved in many activiti
es in Lehigh with a goal to help maintain active Neighborhood Watch groups and build strong community bonds. Groups have held neighborhood garage sales, BBQ’s and potlucks, sponsoring fun activities like bounce houses and kids games. In addition to fun activities, Neighborhood Watch groups have also been successful in holding neighborhood cleanups, picking up litter, maintaining and getting roads paved, adding street lights at bus stops and helping maintain property values by utilizing Code Enforcement. Many Lee County government agencies have partnered with the CWC and the Neighborhood Watch Coordinators on a variety projects as have some community action committees in Lehigh; together these agencies have helped the CWC improve Lehigh…”one neighborhood at a time.”
Larry Gutridge has legacay in helping Lehigh Acres became a safer community one Neighborhood Watch at a time.
The CWC meets every month on the third Thursday at 6:30 pm and is open to all Neighborhood Watch coordinators. At these meetings at least one member of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office is always present, reporting on current crime trends and to answer any questions. Meeting attendees have had the opportunity to meet many of the Lehigh Acres/Bravo District Deputies and Detectives and learn how they do their jobs and how the citizens can help. Neighborhood Watch Coordinators have also learned through crime stat reports that those neighborhoods that have an active Neighborhood Watch have fewer crimes then in surrounding areas. Neighborhood Watch proves that it can and does prevent crime!
The conditions of the roads in Lehigh Acres are always the subject of concern by residents. At the last Lehigh Community Council, a discussion came up about road repaving and needed repairs.
Lee County Commissioner Frank Mann, whose district includes Lehigh, said commissioners were to grant amounts of fund for roads in the upcoming budget.
Recently, the Lee County Commission passed its budget for 2016-17 and certain funds were earmarked for the roads and streets in Lehigh Acres.
“Once again, I am very pleased to share with you the new lists of Lehigh roads scheduled for resurfacing this budget year. These lists represent two contracts approved by the lee county commission.