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Be On the Lookout for Burglary Suspects Targeting the Elderly

(October 21, 2014)-  The Cape Coral Police Department is asking the community to be on the lookout for burglary suspect(s) who are targeting elderly victims.

On 10/15/14 at 1:00pm a suspicious person call was reported in Southeast Cape Coral regarding a male who knocked on the victim’s door and said he needed to check on her hot water and make sure it was functioning.  The victim, who is in her eighties, let the male in and he turned her faucet on and then began to look around her home.  She described the male as:

  • Hispanic
  • medium height and weight
  • dark goatee with gray hairs but no mustache
  • wearing a baseball cap that was dark green or blue, or a mixture of the two  
  • dark, long-sleeve striped shirt, and dark pants

The suspect was unsuccessful in stealing anything from this first victim.  

Later that day at 3:30pm, another female in her eighties called and reported the same type of incident, however, this time jewelry was stolen from her bedroom.  The male (similar description as above) had her turn the hose on in the backyard while two other males that were with him entered her home while he talked on his cell phone next to her in the backyard.  She described the following:

  • white work style van with two white males inside (she did not see them enter her home and could only say they were White)
  • van was large with second row seating
  • possibly Hispanic male that she dealt with
  • mid to late 40’s
  • 5’09”
  • 190 lbs

If you have any information on the identity of the suspect(s), please contact the Cape Coral Police Department at 239-574-3223. You can also submit an anonymous tip. Go to www.capecops.com/tips or text a tip- text CCPD+"Your Message" to CRIMES (274637). Finally, you can call Crimestoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS.

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CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT | Public Affairs Office | 1100 Cultural Park Boulevard | Cape Coral, FL 33990 | (239) 242-3341

Cape Coral Police Department Opens Applications for the 2014 Shop With A Cop

(October 21, 2014)-  Shop with a Cop provides children whose families are having financial issues, positive interaction with Cape Coral Police Officers.

December 22, 2014 will mark the Cape Coral Police Department’s 12th annual “Shop with a Cop.”

The event, sponsored by the Cape Coral Police Department's "Do The Right Thing" program, allows officers to spend some positive one-on-one time with Cape Coral children whose families are having financial issues.

Each year, the department chooses approximately 35-40 students to participate in the program. Students who are chosen to participate receive a Wal-Mart gift card. Students are picked up by their police escorts and taken to the store. There, with the help of their police officer escorts, the students select gifts for each family member as well as something special for themselves.

After shopping, the students and officers head to the police department headquarters, wrap the presents and enjoy a free lunch and gift-wrapping before being taken back home with their presents.

The “Do the Right Thing” program reinforces the idea of sharing and giving and promotes the idea that role models of all ages are crucial to the development of our youth. The positive one-on-one experience each student will get from “Shop with a Cop” is one that is never forgotten.

The Cape Coral Police Department is now accepting applications for this year’s “Shop with a Cop”. The event will take place Monday, December 22.

To nominate a child, parents should pick up a nomination form at the Cape Coral Police Department lobby, visit our website at capecops.com, or download the application packet below:

2014 Shop With A Cop application packet

To qualify:

  • Child must be available on Monday, December 22nd to shop. 
  • Child must be in grade Kindergarten through 12th grade. 
  • Child and family must live in Cape Coral. 
  • Child must be eligible for “free lunch” at his or her school. 

Application, liability release and photo release must be received no later than Monday, November 17th at:

Cape Coral Police Department
1100 Cultural Park Blvd
Cape Coral, FL  33990
Attn: Shop with a Cop
(Applications may be mailed or dropped off)

PHOTO:  Office Jasmine Correa takes time to pose with her shopping buddy.  (Photo Courtesy of Cape Coral Police Department)

PHOTO:  Office Jasmine Correa takes time to pose with her shopping buddy.  (Photo Courtesy of Cape Coral Police Department)


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CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT | Public Affairs Office | 1100 Cultural Park Boulevard | Cape Coral, FL 33990 | (239) 242-3341

UPDATE- Cape Coral Police Traffic Homicide Investigators Conclude Investigation Into Fatal Bicycle Crash

(October 17, 2014)-  Cape Coral Police Department Traffic Homicide Investigators have concluded an almost 2-month long investigation into an early-morning crash that involved a young bicyclist and a Lee County Sheriff’s Office Deputy driving a marked patrol car.

Investigators have concluded that Deputy Doug Hood was at-fault in the August 22nd crash that resulted in the death of 15 year-old Austin Dukette of Cape Coral.

The investigation revealed a number of factors contributed to the crash to include environmental conditions, the computer in the patrol car, as well as dark clothing worn by Dukette and inadequate lighting on the bicycle.

Earlier today, Cape Coral Police Department Traffic Homicide Investigators met with Command Staff from LCSO and issued a citation for Careless Driving to Hood.

At this time, the investigation is closed.

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CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT | Public Affairs Office | 1100 Cultural Park Boulevard | Cape Coral, FL 33990 | (239) 242-3341