An island visitor learned a valuable lesson that many unfortunates have learned in the past: Lock your car and keep your windows rolled up while you’re parked at the beach.
On Tuesday, April 9, a Punta Gorda resident reported to Lee County Sheriff’s deputies that she had parked her car at the beach access on Banyan Street, with the windows down approximately two to three inches. The vehicle was locked, though.
According to reports, at some point between 11 a.m. and 12:50 p.m. someone achieved entry into her vehicle to steal her brown Coach purse, a black Fossil wallet containing cash, and some CDs. The purse was valued at $400, the wallet at $100, the cash inside the wallet at $160 and the CDs were valued at $10.
According to reports, when the victim realized the items were missing from her car she had already driven away from the location. She returned and found two white females sitting in a small black car. The victim asked if they had seen anything, they said they had not and drove away.
Deputies canvassed the area and checked toll booth cameras with negative results.
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