Detectives with the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office are requesting assistance identifying the three black males pictured in these still shots from a Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) in-car video system. The males in the photos are suspects in a vehicle theft as well as a hit and run that occurred on Wednesday in Charlotte County.
On June 5 at about 2:22pm, deputies responded to the Race Trac located at 24401 Sandhill Blvd in reference to a stolen 2015 Jeep Wrangler 4 door. The Jeep was last seen driving into Deep Creek after the theft. The investigation later determined that the suspects were dropped off at the Race Trac by a Trooper with FHP prior to the theft.
Detectives made contact with FHP and learned the three suspects were picked up on the interstate where they were observed walking. The suspects were provide the ride by the Trooper to the Race Trac. It was later learned that they provided false names to the FHP Trooper.
At about 2:36pm, a CCSO Traffic Unit observed the stolen vehicle approaching the red light at Sandhill Blvd and Kings Highway (the location of the original theft. The traffic unit attempted to stop the Jeep, at which time it drove over the median and fled the scene, running the red light. The Jeep then crashed with a silver vehicle and continued onto I-75 northbound.
The Traffic Unit pursued the Jeep Northbound on I-75 until bad weather and the increase in speed made the conditions unsafe. The Jeep was later recovered abandoned in Bradenton, Florida.
If you have any information on the identities of these pictures males, please contact the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office or Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers. Calls to Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers are anonymous and the tipster is eligible for a cash reward if the information they provide leads to an arrest.
Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency line: 941-639-0013
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers: 1-800-780-TIPS
You can also submit tips directly to CCSO through our mobile app, available on Apple and Android devices.