Lee County Sheriff's Office detectives have arrested and charged a Fort Myers man in connection with recent break-ins to two Lehigh Acres businesses.
At about 3:30 a.m. Dec. 9, deputies responded to a past occurred burglary at the Subway at 2801 Lee Blvd.
The burglar smashed the front door to get in, but much to their dismay found no money in the cash register.
Surveillance video showed a man with very short hair exit a white older model minivan before breaking in. The man was wearing a red hooded sweatshirt and black shoes with red soles.
Also during the overnight hours, surveillance video shows the same minivan and man pull up to the Luxxor Casino at 5280 Lee Blvd.
There, the man broke into several gaming machines and forced open an ATM. A woman with short blonde hair was seen accompanying the man inside the casino.
Detectives compared notes and developed two suspects.
After learning the woman was in the Lee County Jail on unrelated charges, detectives paid her a visit. Information obtained during an interview confirmed for detectives that Benjamin Parrish was a suspect.
On Dec. 19, Parrish was located at the residence of an acquaintance in Lehigh Acres.
Inside the home, detectives located a pair of black tennis shoes with red bottoms that fit the description of the shoes worn during the burglaries.
Parrish stated the shoes were his.
A search warrant was obtained for Parrish's residence in Fort Myers. There detectives located a red hooded sweatshirt fitting the description of that worn by the burglar.
Benjamin Parrish, 35, of 7481 Gladiolus Drive, Apt. 53, Fort Myers, was charged with two counts of burglary to a structure and one count each of grand theft, criminal mischief and possession of burglary tools.
He was booked at the Lee County Jail.
Source: Lee County Sheriff's Office