An investigation into a series of recent burglaries at Sanibel's beachfront resort condominiums continues with little for Sanibel Police to go on.
Over 11 days from Nov. 14-24, seven burglaries were reported at condominium complexes on East Gulf Drive and West Gulf Drive. The break-ins appear to have occurred between late afternoon and early evening at condo units allegedly through unlocked doors.
Since the last condo burglary, police report two other break-ins on the island. Lee County Electric Coop had some copper pipe taken from one location and SCCF reported $10,000 worth of TVs and computers stolen from its offices.
So far, only one suspect has been seen by an eyewitness in the cases, but no clear description could be given to police because of the outer clothing the suspect was wearing.
Small items reported to have been taken from the condos are mostly wallets and purses.
Sanibel Police Chief William Tomlinson is asking residents, staff and visitors to report suspicious persons or activity promptly.
"It's not unusual, but the volume of the incidents is," said Tomlinson. "Burglaries and thefts has always been our biggest crime on the island."
Police are not sure that this rash of break-ins is connected to a series of break-ins at Sanibel businesses in recent months.
"Anything is possible, but I would hate to speculate on that," said Tomlinson.
Besides increasing patrol presence in the affected areas, police suggest residents and visitors take more care to protect their property and valuables at all times and to keep doors and windows locked. Valuables left in vehicles should be hidden from sight with doors locked. Above all, be aware of your surroundings.
To report suspicious activity call (239) 472-3111, or dial 911 in case of a life-threatening emergency.