Two charged in connection with drug store robberies
Investigators have made two arrests in connection with four drug store robberies that took place in Fort Myers and North Fort Myers from Friday to Sunday morning.
Detectives with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Robbery Unit arrested Bryan K. Gray, 21, of 15021 Woodrich Bend Court #362, Fort Myers, and Kayla Christine Thompson, 20, of 15041Woodrich Bend Court #367, Fort Myers. Each was charged with four counts of robbery with a weapon.
They are suspects in the following robberies, officials said:
* Walgreens – Friday, July 24, 2:44 a.m.
Deputies responded to the Walgreens at 12749 South Cleveland Avenue, Fort Myers, in reference to an armed robbery. Detectives were told a man, armed with a knife, and a female suspect entered the store and demanded cash and cigarettes. After the employees met the suspect’s demands, the robbers fled in an unknown direction.
* CVS Pharmacy – Saturday, July 25, 11:55 p.m.
Deputies responded to the CVS at 15050 North Cleveland Avenue, North Fort Myers, in reference to an armed robbery. Employees and customers told investigators a woman and a man, who was armed with a knife, entered the store and demanded money from the register. The robbers left the store with an undisclosed amount of money.
* CVS Pharmacy – Sunday, July 26, 12:53 a.m.
Deputies are notified of another robbery that had just occurred at the CVS at 9170 Daniels Parkway, Fort Myers. Investigators were told a woman and man had entered the store and used the same methods as the suspects from the other two robberies, except in this incident, the woman displayed the knife. The suspects demanded money and cigarettes, but only make off with cigarettes due to the employees being unable to open the cash register, officials said. Both suspects were seen leaving in a green vehicle.
* CVS Pharmacy – Sunday, July 26, 1:36 a.m.
Deputies responded to the CVS at 19070 South Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers, and met with the complainant who said that as he arrived in the CVS parking lot, he witnessed two suspects wearing masks running from the store. Investigators learned that a man and woman had entered the store, displayed a knife and demanded money from the register. An employee opened the register and stepped away as the male suspect took the money. Both suspects fled in a green vehicle.
Based on information provided by victims and witnesses, investigators identified Gray and Thompson as suspects in all four cases, officials said. Both individuals were located and transported to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office for questioning. Investigators say they then determined that Gray and Thompson were the individuals responsible for all four robberies. They were charged with the crimes and transported to the Lee County Jail for booking.
Source: Lee County Sheriff’s Office