'Nice' robbers hit Naples home, tie up two children with duct tape

This is the third such home invasion in Collier in two weeks

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An armed robbery at a Naples home Monday night was the third reported home invasion in Collier County in the past two weeks.

In all cases, the victims — who included children — were bound by duct tape while masked men with guns rummaged through the houses. Although the cases bear similarities, law enforcement officials haven’t yet determined if the robberies are related.

In an email sent Tuesday to Naples Police Chief Tom Weschler, however, Capt. Richard Carr noted "the County has had two very similar (descriptions and actions) home invasions (within the last 2 weeks) like ours last night."

On Monday around 8:50 p.m., two men wearing black ski masks and gloves broke into a house on the 900 block of 17th Avenue South. Holding the family of three adults and two children at gunpoint, the men corralled the family into the master bedroom, where they were bound with duct tape, according to an incident report.

The men then asked where the family kept money and jewelry. One of the men stayed with the family while the other rummaged through the house looking for valuables.

After about 40 minutes, the men asked for the keys to the family’s car and left in the stolen black BMW. The car was later found outside a restaurant on Third Street South.

The victims said the gunmen were "nice" and never threatened to shoot or kill them, according to police reports.

The robbery was similar to at least two others that have been reported in the Golden Gate Estates area.

Steve Said, 49, said he and his family were watching TV at their home on the 3100 block of White Boulevard when four or five masked men came in through an unlocked door on the night of Feb. 13. The six family members, whose ages range from 12 to 82, were bound with duct tape and held at gunpoint.

"They said if we didn’t cooperate, they would shoot us," Said recalled. "It wasn’t pleasant."

A heavily redacted incident report said the robbery lasted about an hour. None of the six victims were injured. The intruders were able to get away with jewelry, cash and five laptops.

Said said he wasn’t sure if the robbers had targeted his home or if it was random. Because the men were wearing ski masks, family members weren’t able to make out any distinguishing characteristics, he said.

In a separate case on Feb. 19, a 49-year-old man said he was alone at his home on the 5900 block of Golden Oaks Lane when two men came in, pointed their guns at him and demanded money.

Although an incident report was heavily redacted, detectives reported that the victim was left with an internal injury and a bruised left eye. He was hospitalized for treatment following the robbery.

The victim, who did not want to be named in this story, said he believes he was injured because he tried to go after the robbers. He described the incident as "a very scary situation" and a "pretty traumatic experience."

Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Karie Partington said it’s possible all three home invasions are related, though too early to say for certain. Naples police spokesman Lt. John Barkley said that theory remains under investigation.

In south Lee County, two home invasion robberies were reported to the Sheriff’s Office in the last month, although a spokeswoman said it’s unclear if they are related to the Collier cases. None of the victims were bound with duct tape, according to spokeswoman Tiffany Wood.

On Jan. 31, a victim in San Carlos Park said three men in ski masks broke in his home on the 17300 block of Cleveland Drive and hit him on the head.

The second robbery was reported Feb. 9 on the 26500 block of Sherwood Lane, Bonita Springs. Witnesses said four armed men came into the home, hit the victims with a handgun and stole a laptop.

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pritchard2020 writes:

holy crap!!!

krutkosk#277000 writes:

Heard there was another in Naples Park but no mention in your article. What's up with that?

wentfishn writes:

And there are those that think the good people shouldn't have guns, go figure?

titanbite writes:

I've seen what's done with Holy water.

I have absolutely no interest whatsoever in knowing what's done with Holy crap!

I can only assume when I say, whatever they plan on doing with it, it can't be very,"nice".

erock writes:

Take notice. This is a dramatic change in tactics.

NOYB5 writes:

Entering occupied homes raises things to a whole new level. These aren't your average run of the mill burglars.

Arm yourselves, and set your door alarms at night. One of these bad guys are eventually going to pick the wrong house.

WeThePeople2016 writes:

in response to wentfishn:

And there are those that think the good people shouldn't have guns, go figure?

"There you go again"---as sure as it will rain in July in SW Florida, the gun advocates will claim that the government is going to take ALL of your guns away and leave you defenseless in the face of the tyrannical scourge of despotism.

Turn away from the NRA and note that the efforts have been to take away military style assault weapons, do a thorough background check so that guys like these robbers cannot access them, and maybe hold you accountable if you leave your weapons lying around for others to gain access to them and commit horrible crimes.

You can go and get the gun if you meet the criteria, and no one will violate your right to secure that protection if that's what you feel you need to do.

Just don't carelessly shoot people for playing music too loud for you, or texting during movie previews .Maybe there is still room for law abiding citizens to actually co-exist in Florida, while occasionally disagreeing.

Been_around writes:

"Turn away from the NRA and note that the efforts have been to take away military style assault weapons, do a thorough background check so that guys like these robbers cannot access them, and maybe hold you accountable if you leave your weapons lying around for others to gain access to them and commit horrible crimes."

Criminals will have guns no matter what. They can make guns from scratch if they want (need) to. There never will be any true gun control because the criminal element and the mentally ill cannot be controlled. And 'they' (criminals) will have whatever weapons they want.

I am not against the background check but the background check fails two ways immediately. 1. They (these idiots performing these burglaries) either already have a record (are criminals) or 2. they have never done a thing wrong in their life before this and could easily legally own their own guns. But you have to know.....they would be the s----- type criminal if they did use their own guns.....

Carelessly shooting people (of course) is not a normal activity. Lawful use of a gun is a normal activity (and there are tens of millions of lawful uses of a gun each day). Any random act of violence involving a gun is just that....and involves a sick individual that should have been put away a long time before they 'blew up'. There are instances where someone has 'cracked' and killed after appearing normal for an extended period of time....but these people are sick too because they haven't mentally handled the situation(s) that lead to their breakdown....And all of these situations are isolated instances of gun use in this world.

I personally believe that if I want to own a fully armed aircraft carrier and park it on land that I own for my private use, that I have every right to that possession and use as long as I am not infringing on another persons rights......

MasonDixon writes:

in response to WeThePeople2016:

"There you go again"---as sure as it will rain in July in SW Florida, the gun advocates will claim that the government is going to take ALL of your guns away and leave you defenseless in the face of the tyrannical scourge of despotism.

Turn away from the NRA and note that the efforts have been to take away military style assault weapons, do a thorough background check so that guys like these robbers cannot access them, and maybe hold you accountable if you leave your weapons lying around for others to gain access to them and commit horrible crimes.

You can go and get the gun if you meet the criteria, and no one will violate your right to secure that protection if that's what you feel you need to do.

Just don't carelessly shoot people for playing music too loud for you, or texting during movie previews .Maybe there is still room for law abiding citizens to actually co-exist in Florida, while occasionally disagreeing.

Define "military style assault weapon" for me.

WeThePeople2016 writes:

in response to Been_around:

"Turn away from the NRA and note that the efforts have been to take away military style assault weapons, do a thorough background check so that guys like these robbers cannot access them, and maybe hold you accountable if you leave your weapons lying around for others to gain access to them and commit horrible crimes."

Criminals will have guns no matter what. They can make guns from scratch if they want (need) to. There never will be any true gun control because the criminal element and the mentally ill cannot be controlled. And 'they' (criminals) will have whatever weapons they want.

I am not against the background check but the background check fails two ways immediately. 1. They (these idiots performing these burglaries) either already have a record (are criminals) or 2. they have never done a thing wrong in their life before this and could easily legally own their own guns. But you have to know.....they would be the s----- type criminal if they did use their own guns.....

Carelessly shooting people (of course) is not a normal activity. Lawful use of a gun is a normal activity (and there are tens of millions of lawful uses of a gun each day). Any random act of violence involving a gun is just that....and involves a sick individual that should have been put away a long time before they 'blew up'. There are instances where someone has 'cracked' and killed after appearing normal for an extended period of time....but these people are sick too because they haven't mentally handled the situation(s) that lead to their breakdown....And all of these situations are isolated instances of gun use in this world.

I personally believe that if I want to own a fully armed aircraft carrier and park it on land that I own for my private use, that I have every right to that possession and use as long as I am not infringing on another persons rights......

A real case in the 1960's was about a building purchased by Black Panthers, boarded up all windows with slits for gun turrets, and painted the entire building black---a newsman was allowed in to interview under the agreement that he could not tell anyone what he saw--the authorities arrested him and the reporter claimed Freedom of the Press--the case went to the Supreme Court...

I totally disagree about your "aircraft carrier" and please don't say that is your 2nd Amendment right and what the Founding Fathers wanted---not any more than that building I mentioned.

SOME Criminals will have guns, no matter what--but states--like Mass. especially--see A WHOLE LOT LESS of that due to their strict gun laws, which mirror the Federal bans of 1994, but which Bush let expire without renewing at the Federal level.

And skip the Chicago example we always get---Illionois as a stae ranks lower than Florida as a STATE in per capital gun related deaths..and the only way to slow the rate of guns being brought INTO Chicago--and other states--is...YUP...a reasonable Federal Law...(BTW, Mass. for years has had the LOWEST number)

You also believe that you can manufautre chemical weapons in your basement---legally?

MasonDixon writes:

in response to MasonDixon:

Define "military style assault weapon" for me.

That's what I thought.
No can do.

WeThePeople2016 writes:

in response to MasonDixon:

That's what I thought.
No can do.

let's just call them AR 15 bushmasters with 30 round magazines--I can imagine that Dunn could have done a real nice job with one of those.

nealatthewheel writes:

in response to wentfishn:

And there are those that think the good people shouldn't have guns, go figure?

Really? Who?

MasonDixon writes:

in response to WeThePeople2016:

let's just call them AR 15 bushmasters with 30 round magazines--I can imagine that Dunn could have done a real nice job with one of those.

Yes, let's.
Or, you can call it anything else that it isn't.

eagle1600 writes:

in response to WeThePeople2016:

"There you go again"---as sure as it will rain in July in SW Florida, the gun advocates will claim that the government is going to take ALL of your guns away and leave you defenseless in the face of the tyrannical scourge of despotism.

Turn away from the NRA and note that the efforts have been to take away military style assault weapons, do a thorough background check so that guys like these robbers cannot access them, and maybe hold you accountable if you leave your weapons lying around for others to gain access to them and commit horrible crimes.

You can go and get the gun if you meet the criteria, and no one will violate your right to secure that protection if that's what you feel you need to do.

Just don't carelessly shoot people for playing music too loud for you, or texting during movie previews .Maybe there is still room for law abiding citizens to actually co-exist in Florida, while occasionally disagreeing.

Background check will prevent "access" to weapons by criminals.

It is early in the day but that thought is the leader in the category of "most naive".

Mexico has strict gun laws - but the cartels buy them from China.

Despite Hilary's blunder that their guns come "from the US".

Hilary is not naive - just dishonest. That is a different category altogether.

SoSueMe writes:

Oh yeah, these guys were really "nice" ... princes. I imagine two huge dogs, an alarm system and a shotgun would deter them if they tried it here.

I also wonder if they pick occupied homes because of the intimidation factor so that the residents will cooperate and they can steal the maximum amount. It is a matter of time until someone gets killed or wounded .. be it a homeowner or criminal. KEEP YOUR DOORS LOCKED AT ALL TIMES. From the sound of things, they just walk into the houses.

wentfishn writes:

in response to nealatthewheel:

Really? Who?

If you don't know, I think you are "Asleep at the wheel"

MasonDixon writes:

This is a great deterrent:
http://hardnoxandfriends.com/wp-conte...

WeThePeople2016 writes:

in response to eagle1600:

Background check will prevent "access" to weapons by criminals.

It is early in the day but that thought is the leader in the category of "most naive".

Mexico has strict gun laws - but the cartels buy them from China.

Despite Hilary's blunder that their guns come "from the US".

Hilary is not naive - just dishonest. That is a different category altogether.

Thanks you making the argument perfectly clear about the need for more strict FEDERAL gun control legislation--Mexico gun control laws do not work because of China--ergo we need INTERNATIONAL controls in order for any single nation's controls to be effective and achieve the desired goals.

Similarly, if states WITH strict gun control laws are experiencing problems with being fully effective, because guns are smuggled in from other states---then a Federal law would greatly enhance the effectiveness of all the states with such laws.

That logic is quite clear--thanks for international example to prove the logic. Now please apply this proven logic to try and explain to those who continually cote Chicago as an example of the so called failure of gun laws.

We CANNOT pass International gun control laws, but we CAN support and pass useful laws in THIS country.

nealatthewheel writes:

in response to wentfishn:

If you don't know, I think you are "Asleep at the wheel"

Sorry to say bubba that it is you who ain't gettin' it.
So grip yer guns, stand and fight, and choke on all that bullshizzz rhetoric that the NRA feeds your naïve self.

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