As a result of a Crime Stoppers tip, North Fort?Myers resident Shanice Stewart, 25, was arrested and charged Oct. 31 in Lehigh Acres with larceny theft for stealing three carts full of merchandise from a North Fort Myers Walmart.
She was booked at the Lee County Jail and was expected to be held without bond. This marks Stewart's 38th arrest in Lee County.
"Crime Stoppers appreciates the public's assistance in apprehending individuals, like Shanice Stewart, who repeatedly commit crimes in our community," Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers coordinator, said. "The information from our tipsters, combined with the law enforcement officers who quickly respond to those tips, is what makes the system work."
On Oct. 10, Crime Stoppers asked for the public's help tracking down a trio of thieves who hit a North Fort Myers Wal Mart store not once, not twice, but three times within one hour, shoplifting nearly $2,000 worth of home goods.
Shortly after 7 a.m. Oct. 6, three black women entered the Walmart at 545 Pine Island Road, proceeding directly to the housewares section of the store.
In less than five minutes, two of the women loaded a grocery cart to its fullest with a variety of items, while the third stood watch for security guards or employees.
All three women then left the store, neglecting to stop and pay for their selections, pushing out hundreds of dollars in stolen merchandise.
After unloading the items into a silver Pontiac, the women entered the store a second time, at 7:19 a.m., repeating their game plan from just a few minutes earlier, again leaving the store with another cart full of items exactly six minutes later.
After unloading the second haul, the three came back into the store at 7:47 a.m., filling another cart to the brim, then bypassing all points of sale at 7:51 a.m.
In total, the 83 items stolen from the store added up to $1,994.55.
Upon review of surveillance video, security personnel and law enforcement were able to immediately identify one of the women as Stewart.
Stewart had been trespassed from not only that Walmart, but also the Walmart on Colonial Boulevard, due to past thefts.
Stewart has an extensive criminal history in Lee County and in Manatee County - mostly for thefts and dealing in stolen property.
She was arrested earlier this year as a result of a barrage of Crime Stoppers tips after bringing her children to a store in Fort Myers, then having one of her children steal a woman's wallet, later taking them on a shopping spree at the Edison Mall.
A warrant for the arrest of Stewart on charges of grand theft was issued, however detectives needed the public's help tracking her down and identifying the two other women who committed the thefts alongside Stewart.