UPDATE: Acting on tips from the public, Collier County Sheriff’s Office detectives were able to identify two rental scam suspects who were shown in a security video which was featured on the CCSO website and local media sites.
Detectives located Alina Perez, 22, and Nelson Alberto Minaya, 26, at their residence at 9330 Marino Circle, East Naples, around 10 p.m. Tuesday and arrested them on felony charges in connection with a rental scam in Golden Gate Estates. Perez and Minaya face one count each of grand theft $300-$5,000 and fraud-obtain property under $2,000.
On Monday CCSO released security video showing Perez and Minaya in the hope someone from the public would recognize them and contact detectives.
Several anonymous tips through Crime Stoppers helped lead detectives to Perez and Minaya. Tips also helped lead to the pair’s arrests Tuesday night on felony charges in an unrelated case.
Earlier news release
Collier County Sheriff's Office
Posted Date: 8/20/2012 12:35 PM
Deputies Seek Public’s Help
The Collier County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying a man and a woman who detectives want to question in connection with a rental scam in Golden Gate Estates.
Detectives have released this image of the man and woman in the hope someone recognizes them and contacts CCSO.
Click here to watch a CCSO video featuring this man and woman.
On July 24 the victim responded to a Craigslist ad for a rental home. The victim met with the suspects, who used the names Janet and Chris, at a business in the 1200 block of Collier Boulevard. The victim gave the pair a $500 cash deposit and a signed rental lease agreement. The pair gave the victim a set of house keys and the rental home’s address.
Upon arriving at the home the front door was unlocked and a rear window to the home was broken. Inside the home the victim located a business card with the legitimate homeowner’s contact information. The victim called the legitimate owner and learned the lease was fraudulent
Detectives said the victims described the man as possibly from Honduras and having two silver veneered teeth and a tattoo on his neck. The woman was described as Cuban and was pregnant. She had several tattoos on her hands.
Anyone with information regarding the identities of this man and woman asked to call the Collier County Sheriff’s Office at 239.252.9300, or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-8477 (TIPS).