Children used as decoys during store theft in South Fort Myers
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying three women who used children to smuggle out baskets of items stolen from a Fort Myers Target store last month.
According to detectives, three women entered the Super Target store on San Carlos Boulevard shortly after 7:30 p.m. on April 22nd.
Upon entering the store, the suspects went their separate ways, meeting up a short time later in the cosmetics department with two baskets filled to the brim with items ranging from diapers to small furniture. One suspect then left the store, at the same time two young girls, between 10 and 11 years of age, walked in and met up with the second two suspects. While the women proceeded to the restroom at the front of the store, the two young girls pushed the carts out of the store, presumably at the direction of the adults, without having paid for a single item. Surveillance cameras caught all three women, and both juveniles, loading up the stolen goods into a white sport utility vehicle.
The first suspect is described as a white female, roughly 35 years of age, with a heavy build and brown hair. Suspect number two is believed to be 22-26 years of age, with light brown hair and a tattoo on her right tricep. The third suspect is also estimated to be 22-26 years old, with a medium build and carrying a young infant.
Anyone with information on the identity of the thieving trio is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.