After more than a month of repeat incidents of vandalism, Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public's help in tracking down an artistic vandal who seemingly has proclaimed themselves as the "Silly Rabbit."
Since October, the Lee County Sheriff's Office has received several reports of vandalism on barrier walls, public bathrooms and buildings. In each incident, the suspect has spray painted the words "Silly Rabit" and/or "SR." In addition to targeting hot spots including Lakes Park, the Punta Rassa boat ramp and the Summerlin Road corridor in Fort Myers, at least seven additional reports of the same style graffiti has been reported at Edison State College's Fort Myers campus on College Parkway.
In addition to the graffiti, there has been several thousand dollars in damage to vending machines at some of those locations, though it's unknown whether the vandal and the thieves are one and the same.
A trail of artistic 'tagging' by vandals calling themselves Silly Rabbit made its way to the Punta Rassa boat ramp area at the Sanibel Causeway.
Detectives say the "Silly Rabbit" is persistent, and in one case, the graffiti was covered up one afternoon, only for employees to find a second round of new art painted in the same spot early the next morning.
While the suspect(s) in these cases currently face misdemeanor charges separately, if they can all be linked, felony charges could be in their future.
Anyone with information on the person or persons responsible for the tagging and vandalism is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477). All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000. Tips can also be made online at www.swflcrimestoppers.org, or by texting a tip to CRIMES (274637) Keyword: REWARD.