Most Wanted Wednesday: We feature some of SWFL’s most wanted suspects; Sept. 29

Reporter: Rich Kolko
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Yasmani Rodriguez Cabote, William Kelly, Thomas Smock.

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

This is your chance to help out the community and give the tip that gets these people off the street. These suspects need to be found – and you can help. If you have seen them, reach out to Crime Stoppers or your local law enforcement. Call 1-800-780-TIPS (8477).

Here are three fugitives wanted by Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers.

Yasmani Rodriguez Cabote

Yasmani Rodriguez Cabote (DOB 12/16/87) – wanted in Collier County on a bench warrant for failure to appear for obtaining property by fraud, fraudulent use of personal ID for 30 or more people and being a mortgage broker engaged in a fraudulent transaction.

Deputies say he took a loan out against a piece of property that he had absolutely no claim to. All it took was him falsifying a few documents with the state to make it look to the bank like he actually owned the property.

Once he secured funds from the bank, based on his fake ownership of the property, he withdrew the cash and took off.

Prior to this, he was working for a local realty company and was familiar with the practices of securing mortgages, and used that knowledge to his criminal advantage.

Detectives think he may have fled Southwest Florida and has contacts in the West Palm Beach area.

Because he is knowledgeable of the real estate industry, there’s a good chance he could be scamming victims elsewhere, and possibly even have more victims locally.

William Kelly

William Kelly (DOB 1/10/80) – wanted in Lee County for using a firearm under the influence of alcohol and the possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

According to witnesses, Kelly was in downtown Fort Myers drinking heavily, when he became belligerent and started being verbally abusive to people in the area.

At one point, he pulled out a gun and started shooting in the area. Fortunately, nobody was injured in the incident, and Fort Myers Police were quick to apprehend Kelly.

In addition to the shooting charge, he was also charged for the possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

He spent three days in jail before being released, but earlier this month, a judge decided that the best place for Kelly was in a jail cell, pending his next court hearing. He is 5’10”, 150 pounds and upon his arrest, he will be held without bond.

Thomas Smock

Thomas Smock (DOB 3/2/69) – wanted in Lee County for four counts of criminal mischief. This warrant stems from an incident where Smock is accused of bashing in several vehicles in his neighborhood.

Neighbors say they saw, heard and even were confronted by Smock in the late night/early morning hours while he was yelling, cursing and threatening people.

Residents said they didn’t call 911 to report him, since being obnoxious was something he often did. But when they woke up the next morning, multiple neighbors found their cars damaged by their not-so-quiet neighbor.

He was arrested and charged with the damage, and later released. A judge recently rescinded that release and has now mandated that Smock return to jail.

Over the years, he’s been booked 13 times before for 68 counts of burglary and theft, as well as attempted robbery, grand theft, contempt and grand theft auto.

He has been adjudicated as a career offender, is 5’11”, 160 pounds, and was last known to be living in Bonita Springs.

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 will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $3,000.

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers
1-800-780-TIPS (8477) or

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