Featuring some of SWFL’s most wanted suspects; August 24


This weekly WINK News segment features fugitives from justice right here in Southwest Florida.

It’s your chance to help the community and tip that will get these people off the streets. These suspects need to be found – and you can help them. If you have seen them, contact Crime Stoppers or your local police. Call 1-800-780-TIPS (8477).

Here are three fugitives wanted by Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers.

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Michael The Hague

Michael The Hague (DOB 4/16/86) – Wanted in Lee County for violation of probation on two counts of unlawful use of credit cards and burglary of a conveyance. Detectives say Hague entered people’s unlocked cars and took wallets with cash and credit cards, and other items.

He then used the stolen cards to rack up thousands of dollars in fees at local restaurants and big box stores. Law enforcement said they were able to track those purchases and pin them down in The Hague, which they spotted on surveillance cameras.

When they questioned him about the crimes, he denied any involvement, despite the fact that his rental car was seen at each location and his face was the focus of the video. He ended up behind bars and was later placed on probation, which he has since violated.

Hague is 6’0”, 200 pounds and could be low in the North Fort Myers area.

Vernell Shelton
Vernell Shelton

Vernell Shelton (DOB 7/14/85) – Wanted in Lee County for violation of probation for filing with intent to defraud. Shelton was working for a local bank when he felt he had been passed over for a raise and a few thousand dollars in commission which he said should have come his way.

It was then that he began issuing money orders from the accounts of his older clientele and depositing them into his own personal bank account. In total, Shelton embezzled more than $12,000 in cash from his unsuspecting victims.

His actions landed him in jail and then on probation, which he is now in violation of. Shelton has already made three reservations in Lee County for charges including battery.

He is 5’9″, 200 lbs. And upon his arrest, he will be held without bond.

Joseph Velez
Joseph Velez

Joseph Velez (DOB 5/17/02) – Wanted in Lee County for violation of community control for burglary and trafficking in stolen property. Although he is 20 years old, Joseph Velez has had six previous bookings for hit and run, grand larceny, burglary, grand car theft, fraud and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

His current collection of warrants comes from a series of car robberies he committed in his own neighborhood, where he stole cash, cellphones, credit cards and even a bottle of cologne. cheap.

One of the victims was awakened in the middle of the night by Velez, who broke into the man’s garage. He then started running, but not before he was recorded on the victim’s Ring camera, which ultimately led to his arrest. He was then placed on probation, which he recently violated.

Velez is 6’0”, 185 pounds, with a Bart Simpson tattoo on his left arm, a cross on his left hand, and a cross and skull tattoo on his right arm. And upon his arrest, Velez will be held without bail in the Lee County Jail.

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If you have a tip on the whereabouts of any of these wanted suspects, contact Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers. All callers will remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $3,000.

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers
1-800-780-TIPS (8477) or
southwest floridacrimestoppers.com

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