Four officers at the Bravo Station of the Lee County Sheriff's Office received special honors for their part in the arrest of four men involved in a carjacking robbery on May 10 of this year.
The four men were Deputy James Bates, Deputy Dave Jennings, Deputy Julio Lock and Deputy Brian Walkowiak. Only Bates and Walkowiak were able to attend due to scheduling of the other two awardees.
Capt. John Haberman, who was welcomed to the Greater Lehigh Acres Chamber of Commerce's monthly luncheon on June 25 by Chamber President and CEO Inke Baker.
Greater Lehigh Acres Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Inke Baker presents the Employee of the Month Award to Justin Newbury at last week’s chamber luncheon.
Haberman said the officers who worked on the case also solved several residential burglaries with Lehigh Acres.
The Sheriff's Office was told by the Hollywood, Fla., Police Department that four men who were involved in a carjacking robbery there might be headed to Lee County.
And at around 10 a.m., deputies with the Lehigh district's Selective Enforcement Team (SET) found the vehicle stolen during the carjacking.
With the help of Bravo District patrol deputies and detectives with the Bravo District Criminal Investigations Division, the SET team attempted a traffic stop on the stolen vehicle, Haberman said.
But the vehicle failed to stop for deputies and fled east on Lee Boulevard. turning south onto Gunnery Road South.
Haberman said the vehicle then turned onto a canal bank located next to Douglas lane and began driving behind several houses in an attempt to lose deputies. The four occupants of the vehicle eventually fled from the vehicle on foot and deputies gave chase and quickly apprehended the four suspects.
Haberman said a search warrant was used at a residence where two of the suspects had fled. During the execution of the search warrant, detectives found evidence that linked to the carjacking robbery as well as several residential burglaries that were recently committed with the Lehigh community.
"The high caliber of service provided by the Bravo District Selective Enforcement Team led to the arrest of all four suspects. The team solved not only a violent carjacking robbery from Hollywood, Fla., but also solved several burglaries of homes in Lehigh.
"SET most certainly prevented this crew from continuing their crimes spree in Lehigh," Haberman said.
A large crowd gave the officers present a standing ovation.
Also presented an award as the chamber's Employee of the Month was Justin Newbury of Cellular Solutions, East Side Print, Fax and Ship store.
This special award was presented by Chamber President Baker who said Newbury has worked of the firm for the past five years, going back and forth between stores.
"During that time, he has become experienced in sales, service and phone programming of MetroPCS cell phones. He also splits his time at the printing store, faxing, shipping UPS, FedEx and USPS.
"Justin knows almost all facets of the printing business. He attended the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale which complements the printing business. When Justin is not at work, he is an accomplished tattoo artist and a full-time dad to his six-year-old son, Gavin," Baker said.
She went on to say that he had gone above and beyond by helping the chamber to pack and ship information material about Lehigh Acres to 600 Hertz employees in New Jersey.
"the request came to the chamber on a very short notice and had to be sent out that very same day. Without Justin's support and fast reaction, the task would have not been accomplished. Justin is truly 'the master of the boxes' with his box cutter. He customized all the boxes for a safe shipment, she said.
"Justin was also instrumental in finding the right cell phone for a mobile point of sale solution for the chamber. He made it easy to choose the right hone because of the comparison he put together for the staff. It's been a pleasure working with Just and in recognition of his dedication, the chamber is proud to recognize him as our Employee of the Month for June," Baker said.
Members of the chamber were give tips in healthy eating by Dr. Corey Hennessey of King Family Chiropractic in Cape Coral. His topic was nutrition, detox and exercise.
A full covered with chocolate cupcakes went uneaten after Hennessey's speech about how people should eat healthy if they want to protect their health.
The next luncheon will be on Tuesday, July 30 with a location to be announced. Call the chamber office at 369-3322 to attend. Non chamber members are also invited to the luncheons held monthly. But you must RSVP by calling the chamber and asking for Inke Baker.