Suspect sought in series of similar crimes
** UPDATE #1 ** DECEMBER 26, 2019
Thanks to the public’s help, combined with quick work from detectives, Finlay has been located and will be booked this evening in the Lee County Jail. Crime Stoppers appreciates the support from the community in tracking him down.
ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE: DECEMBER 26, 2019
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help tracking down a Lee County man who is accused of stealing keys and breaking into cars at local gyms over the last two weeks.
Detectives say Evan Finlay (DOB 4/3/91) is responsible for a series of break-ins at three different gyms. In each instance, he removed car keys from a common area and broke into previously locked cars, stealing cash, credit cards, wallets, personal identification and other valuables. The first incident occurred at Generation Fitness, located at 10970 S. Cleveland Avenue. The victim said she placed her keys on a board, along with other members keys, before starting her work out. About an hour later, she received an alert from the bank indicating that her cards were being used in a suspicious manner. After retreating to her car, which was locked when she left it, she found that her wallet, credit cards and cash had all been stolen.
The second incident linked to Finlay took place on December 17th at Crunch Fitness, located at 16230 Summerlin Road. Upon entering the gym, the victim left her keys on a holder, along with other keys, while she worked out. About an hour later she returned, only to find her keys missing. When she went out to her car, she found it unlocked, with the keys left in the passenger cup holder. What was missing, however, was her purse and credit cards. In the brief hour that she was away from her car, her credit cards had been used at a nearby Publix and Walgreens store for the purchase of multiple gift cards, totaling more than $1,100.
The last incident occurred on December 19th, at the Planet Fitness, located at 15501 Old McGregor Boulevard. Again, the victim left his keys behind the front desk, with other keys, only to return a short time later to find them missing. When he went out to his car, he found it unlocked and rifled through, however no valuables were left in the car, and nothing was taken.
This morning, charges were filed against Finlay for his involvement in all three incidents, with charges to include multiple conveyance burglaries, fraudulent use of credit cards, grand theft, petit theft, dealing in stolen property and providing false information to a pawn broker. Finlay may be driving a black Chevy, possibly a Cobalt, with a Virginia tag. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Evan Finlay is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477). All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $3,000. Tips may also be made online at www.southwestfloridacrimestoppers.com or by submitting a tip on the P3Tips mobile app.