Car may be key to tracking down home invasion robbery suspects

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LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. – Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help in finding a vehicle which is linked to a violent home invasion robbery last Tuesday.

Shortly after 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 25th, police say an unknown male approached a residence on 12th Street SW asking about the whereabouts of an individual.  After learning that he wasn’t there, the male left, but returned several minutes later with another male, who proceeded to kick through the front door.

According to officials, both men forced their way into the home and ordered the victim at gunpoint to face the wall, while they ransacked the house.

One suspect was armed with two black handguns, one of which had an extended magazine.

Officials say the men demanded cash, and managed to get away with two cell phones and the keys to the victim’s car.  They quickly left the home in a dark colored Nissan Altima, between the model years of 2002-2006.  The getaway car had 22 inch chrome custom rims, and a Hello Kitty license plate frame on the rear of the car.

One suspect is described as 5’6”, 140 pounds, and the second is believed to be 5’10”, 150 pounds.

“We are hopeful that some of the unusual features of the car utilized in this violent crime will help lead investigators to the men behind the crime,” said Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Coordinator.  “These men both showed their propensity for violence and until they’re identified and apprehended, there is always a chance that they could attack again.”

Anyone with information on the mid-day robbery, or who may have seen the suspect’s vehicle, 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.

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