Thief steals two leaf blowers from North Fort Myers home


NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. – A sticky-fingered thief stole not one, but two leaf blowers from a home in North Fort Myers.

He was caught on camera at the home on Burnham Court, just outside of Cape Coral city limits. However, the homeowner didn’t realize his lawn equipment was gone for more than a week.

“What the heck kind of idiot is this to come by and just take somebody’s property,” said Gary Kwiatkowski. “That’s not right.”

Gary was out working on his lawn on July 20. When he finished, he went inside but left his garage door open. That’s when the man was caught on camera walking up to his house and waltzing away with the two leaf blowers, one gas-powered and the other electric.

“I got back from vacation and I went to fill up my gas in each of my pieces of equipment and I looked up and I said ‘Where the heck are my blowers,’” he said.

It only took the man seconds to grab the leaf blowers from the wall and run, but it’s what he left behind that’s not only more valuable, but needed to use one of them.

“He left the battery to the battery-powered blower, so it’s of no use to him at all,” said Kwiatkowski.


While losing not one, but two leaf blowers isn’t fun; what really has him rattled is that he might’ve been targeted on his dead-end street. Over the span of just a few minutes, a black sedan was spotted driving up and down Burnham Court at least three times.

“He must’ve been, like I said, casing the place up and down the street until there was an opening,” he said. “They’re scouting, riding up and down the street that many times. They knew what they were doing.”

Not only did the guy forget the batteries to the blower, they also blew it big on all the other expensive items that Gary is thankful to still have sitting in his garage.

“He could’ve had his taking of anything in there but I guess he didn’t know what he was actually looking for, he didn’t have enough time.”

While the guy might not know what to be looking for, the neighbors in this quaint cul-de-sac have a good idea as to which car to look out for.

“You’d be able to tell if that wasn’t somebody’s car that we recognized,” said Matt Sushil. “Somebody’s gonna catch them. Somebody here will find them.”

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