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L-R: Christopher Morales. Dionicio Derteano, and Justin Panossian

3 Most Wanted Wednesday fugitives captured, thanks in part to your tips

Our WINK News viewers in Southwest Florida have been busy calling in tips to help capture fugitives in Southwest Florida. Three more suspects featured on Most Wanted Wednesday have been arrested.

The following fugitives shown above were picked up by law enforcement. Christopher Morales, Dionicio Derteano and Justin Panossian.

See all Most Wanted Wednesday suspects here.

[CAPTURED] Christopher Morales (DOB 6/9/88) – Wanted in Lee County for violation of probation for grand theft and uttering a false instrument.

Law enforcement said he had been living rent-free with his employer for six months when he up and seemingly disappeared.

The next day, his former boss discovered his laptop and other personal property were missing, as was a cash deposit that Morales picked up for him from a customer. Soon after, the victim/ex-boss discovered that Morales had stolen several checks from his business account and made them payable to himself to the tune of several thousand dollars over the course of five days.

Morales has three local bookings for burglary, grand theft, and failure to pay child support.

He is 6’0”, 196 pounds and has several tattoos, including praying hands with his last name on his left arm and a totem pole on his right arm. Upon his arrest, he will be held without bond.

[CAPTURED] Dionicio Derteano (DOB 5/15/68) – wanted in Lee County for grand theft and contracting without a license.

He was hired by a Lee County couple to refurnish their pool and deck for $17,000. Before work began, he was given a check for half the amount due, which he promptly cashed.

After performing a small amount of work, Derteano requested payment for the remaining funds, which he was given. But once he cashed that check, he vanished with the money, leaving the project far from complete.

The victims, and detectives, tried to reach Derteano by phone to no avail. After inquiring with the county, it turns out that he never pulled permits for the work and, to make things worse, the Department of Professional Regulation confirmed that Derteano didn’t even have a contractor’s license to do any work whatsoever.

He is 5’8”, 170 pounds and was last known to be living in Southwest Cape Coral.

[CAPTURED] Justin Panossian (DOB 11/1/83) – Wanted in Lee County for violation of probation for burglary of an occupied dwelling. This warrant stems from an incident when he broke into a friend’s home and stole cash.

He’s a repeat offender with 11 bookings on his rap sheet on charges of burglary, theft, the possession of cocaine, dealing in stolen property, and fraud. He was sentenced to a year and a half in state prison, and just got out in June, and is already on the fast track for a return trip.

He is known to have gang affiliations and has a record of violent tendencies. He is 6’0”, 205 pounds and is known on the streets as Iceman.

He’s obviously got a large collection of tattoos, including a teardrop under his left eye, a dollar sign and the name Kaylee on his face, loyalty on his right hand and an 8 ball on his left hand. He was last known to be living in North Fort Myers.

Reporter:Rich Kolko
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