Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Facebook Tip Leads To Arrest

A tip from an alert Collier County Sheriff’s Office Facebook follower has helped detectives solve a robbery.

Michael Gary Brown, 45, 4443 Ballard St., Fort Myers, was charged with robbery Wednesday in connection with the April 16, 2013, robbery of Walgreens, 1565 Airport-Pulling Road. He was arrested at the Lee County Jail, where he is incarcerated on unrelated charges.

On Feb. 19 detectives posted surveillance photos from the robbery on the agency’s Facebook page. Someone recognized Brown and made a tip through Crime Stoppers. Follow-up investigation by detectives confirmed that Brown was the person in the photo.

Detectives say Brown entered the Walgreens, approached a clerk and demanded cash. He did not display a weapon but made a reference to having one. He left the store on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.