Nude Burglars Break into Doc’s Beach House in Bonita Springs, Steal Beef
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers are asking for the public's help in identifying three men who broke into Doc's Beach House in Bonita Springs early Sunday morning.
Three men, all but one wearing nothing, broke in and stole 60 burgers, three pounds of bacon, three red peppers, and a paddleboard from Doc's Beach House around 3 a.m.
The men didn't enter the main restaurant to steal money, they stayed in the kitchen area, grabbing hamburgers, bacon and red peppers from three coolers. Doc's general manager/vice president Lou Bangert said the criminals were in and out of the kitchen in five minutes. They left a mess on the ground.
"When I saw the security footage, I said how is this guy not wearing any clothes?" Bangert said. "Then I said, 'Wait, it's not just one. There's three naked. That's what makes this funny."
On Wednesday, authorities released photos or at least those that can be printed, to ask the public for help in identifying the men.
In addition to the restaurant security footage and 200 frame-by-frame photos, the bandits left another clue: a trail of red peppers on the beach. On Sunday morning, Doc's kitchen staff found the restaurant's red peppers about 100 yards away near a beach bathhouse.
"They left a trail like Hansel and Gretel," Doc's waitress Shelly Isom said with a laugh. "One of them probably said after, 'Uh, guys, where did we leave our clothes?'"
Kevin Nobis, manager of Bonita Jetski & Parasail, posted the security camera photos of the three men on his company's Facebook page on Monday. As of noon Wednesday, 8,652 people had read the post.
"I laughed a little bit when I saw the pictures," Nobis said. "I'm just glad they didn't do more. Luckily, it was just minimal. I just think it was college-age kids who may have been drinking. The guys look like they are in good shape. They look like athletes. But it's hard to tell if they are tourists or locals."
Anyone with information on the identities and whereabouts of the suspects is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477).
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After roaming around the kitchen area, the men took off their underwear and walked around the kitchen before taking refrigerated hamburger meat and red peppers.