NAPLES — Hurricane season is not over, but it seems some thieves have taken it upon themselves to pack-away storm shutters from several Naples homes permanently.
Within the past month, Naples Police spokesman Mike Herman said the department received five reports of aluminum storm shutters being stolen right from the homes they were mounted on.
As of Friday, the total value of these thefts was more than $30,000.
Two of the thefts occurred in Old Naples, two in Aqualane Shores and one in Port Royal.
Herman urged resident to be aware of their surroundings and to report any suspicious activity immediately.
We are still in hurricane season, said Herman, so if you see a crew removing storm shutters from a home in your area do not confront them, please call the police.
"We will respond and confirm the validity of the crew performing the work," he said. "It is likely the people responsible are ‘hiding in plain sight’ when they do this. It is common to see work crews and trucks in these areas so they are counting on being ignored."
If anyone has information concerning these thefts or possibly saw storm shutters being removed from an out of town neighbor’s home, please contact police.
You can contact Naples Police at (239)213-4844. If you would like to remain anonymous you can also contact Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers: 1-800-780-TIPS (8477).