The crimes share similarities but detectives say it is too early in the investigations to say with certainty that they are related.
In both incidents, a tall, slender male armed with a handgun and wearing gloves, a dark hoodie and a “Scream” mask entered the business at closing time and demanded money. In each case the man made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.
At around 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, the suspect entered Bamz Deli, 2464 Tamiami Trail E., East Naples, as three employees were closing the business. The man entered through the unlocked front door. Before leaving he locked the employees in the restroom.
At around 11 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, the suspect forced his way into Salsa Brava, 10265 Tamiami Trail N., North Naples, as one of two employees still at the business was leaving through the back door. Once inside, the suspect demanded money. When one of the employees pushed him, the suspect struck him with a closed fist. He left through the back door.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Collier County Sheriff’s Office at 239.252.9300, or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward contact Crime Stoppers at 1.800.780.8477.