Over a dozen cars hit in string of Lee County car burglaries

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LEE COUNTY, Fla. -

Crooks broke into more than a dozen cars across Lee County this week, most of them happening Wednesday night.

According to Lee County deputies, there were six cases in Fort Myers, three in Lehigh Acres, three in North Fort Myers, and one in Alva. In at least half of these cases, the cars were left unlocked.

“It’s pretty sad that you have to you have to do that to other people’s property," victim Lisa Rhoads said.

Rhoads said she noticed her car had been rummaged through Wednesday morning, but said she was lucky they didn't take anything.

More than $5,000 worth of goods were stolen in all 13 cases combined. In two of the incidents, thieves stole guns left in the car.

“It’s incredibly frustrating," Fort Myers Police spokesperson J. Mitchell Haley said.

He said people continue to fall victim despite it being one of the easiest crimes to prevent.

"Lock it! That’s the only way. We’re probably one of hundreds of law enforcement agencies around the nation that have almost the exact same message," Haley said.

At this time, no arrests have been made in any of the 13 cases.


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