Deputies search for ‘rum raiders’

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FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. – Deputies are looking for two men who stole $400 worth of rum from a local restaurant.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office said the two suspects broke into a Doc Ford’s in the 700 block of Fisherman’s Wharf around 2 a.m. May 17.

Surveillance video showed the two men walk up to the outdoor bar and case the area for a few minutes. The two then crawled over the bar and started taking bottles of rum.

When the restaurant’s manager discovered the liquor had been stolen the next morning, he contacted the owner of a charter boat company, who docks two boats at the restaurant’s pier. The owner of the charter company also discovered that food and drinks had been taken from his boat’s cooler.

Deputies said the suspects are both white men, in their early 20s. One suspect was wearing a long-sleeved, white shirt, jeans and black sneakers. The second suspect was wearing a white tank top, khaki shorts and sandals. Deputies think the two took off in a black Ford pickup truck with an extended cab.

Anyone with information on the suspects 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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