Suspect sought in Lee County crime spree

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LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Authorities are looking for a suspect in a series of car burglaries and thefts over the last few weeks.

James Hildreth, 20, has been linked by Lee County detectives to several car thefts and burglaries in the western part of Fort Myers.

Authorities say Hildreth is no stranger to deputies, having already amassed a growing rap sheet with felonies starting when he was just 15 years old. As a minor, he’s been jailed for burglaries, grand theft and robbery.

As an adult, Hildreth has been arrested for battery, thefts and driving with a suspended license.

Hildreth is known to have gang affiliations and is believed to be armed with a gun stolen from one of car burglaries he’s accused of. His past addresses have been in the North Fort Myers and Cape Coral area, and he is likely still in Southwest Florida.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of James Hildreth 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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