Monday, April 21, 2014

Home Invasion Task Force Update

The multijurisdictional task force investigating five recent home invasion robberies in Collier County and the City of Naples is continuing to work daily to identify and arrest those responsible for these crimes.

The task force is made up of members representing the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, the Naples Police Department, the Marco Island Police Department, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the FBI.

The crimes began Feb. 13, when the suspects targeted a home on White Boulevard. The next one took place Feb. 19 at a home on Golden Oaks Lane. The third home invasion was reported Feb. 24 on 17th Avenue South. That one was followed by one on March 11 at a home on Osprey Trail in The Estuary. The most recent home invasion took place April 3 at a home on Groveland Terrace in Quail West.

The suspects wear dark clothing, gloves and masks and target high-end homes. They restrain the occupants, render telephones and cell phones in the home inoperable, and make off with cash and jewelry. The suspects have gained access to the homes by either entering through unlocked doors or approaching residents who were outside on their own property in the evening hours.

Task force members are asking the community to contact law enforcement anytime they see something suspicious. Information about something as seemingly harmless as an unfamiliar vehicle driving through a neighborhood could be the tip the task force needs to break the case.

“No piece of information is too small,” said CCSO Lt. John Morrisseau, who is leading the task force. “Trust your instincts and report anything that seems suspicious. “

The task force recently partnered with Crime Stoppers of Southwest Florida to publicize the case. Click here to watch the Crime Stoppers segment.

In addition, representatives from the CCSO Crime Prevention Bureau have been out in the community speaking to homeowner and civic associations, stressing the importance of having good home security measures in place and encouraging them to develop a family safety plan so that they are prepared in the event of an emergency. Click here to view CCSO’s family safety plan handout.

Anyone with information is asked to call the home invasion hotline at 239.252.0300, or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward call Crime Stoppers at 1.800.780.8477.