During the early morning hours of June 5, 2013, Lee County sheriff's deputies were proactively patrolling the Lee Boulevard business corridor when they encountered three juveniles acting suspiciously in the area of Hazelwood Avenue. During the encounter, the deputy noticed one of the juveniles had florescent green paint on his arm. Realizing the teens may be involved in recent vandalism (graffiti) to area businesses, the individuals were detained.
During subsequent interviews, information was developed linking the three juveniles to the recent vandalism at St. Raphael's Church as well as recent incidents at Beef O' Brady's and Max'D Out Fitness. The following were arrested and charged:
Tyler Yates, DOB 9-24-96, of 2512 W. 15th Street, Lehigh Acres, charged with Burglary and Criminal Mischief with Property Damage $1,000 or more.
James Willis, DOB 8-16-98, unknown address, charged with Burglary and Criminal Mischief with Property Damage $1,000 or more.
Shawn Elswick, DOB 3-10-98, of 2815 W. 7th Street, Lehigh Acres, charged with Burglary and Criminal Mischief with Property Damage $1,000 or more.
The investigation is ongoing to determine if the three juveniles are responsible for other vandalism in the community
(Initial press release from May 29, 2013)
Lee County deputies are hoping security footage will help identify three men responsible for breaking into a church and spray painting graffiti on the walls.
On May 25, 2013 at 2:10 p.m., deputies responded to St. Raphael's Church, located at 2514 Lee Boulevard, Lehigh Acres. The church pastor advised that between 8:00 pm. on May 25 and 2:10 p.m. on May 26, unknown persons entered an unlocked room at the Rectory and spray painted graffiti on the restroom walls and doors. The vandals also made their way to the parking lot and spray painted a 2000 Cadillac that had been donated to the church. Total damage is estimated at one thousand dollars ($1,000).
If you recognize these suspects, call the Lee County Sheriff's Office at (239) 477-1000. Or, to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000, call Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS. Tips may also be made online at www.swflcrimestoppers.org, through the Tip Submit app on any iPhone or by texting a tip to CRIMES (234637) Keyword: REWARD.