Deputies apprehend 2 accused of burglarizing home, leading chase

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Two men accused of breaking into a Bonita Springs home were arrested in Miami Gardens this week after leading authorities on a pursuit down Alligator Alley.

Two other men who ran from law enforcement are still being sought.

On Tuesday, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a burglary at 9964 Poupolo Lane, authorities said. The agency notified the Collier County Sheriff’s Office about a possible escape route for the burglars.

Collier deputies stopped the vehicle on Interstate 75, at which point reports say the driver, Javoris Phillips, 30, ran into a canal and avoided capture. One of the passengers in the suspects’ vehicle climbed into the driver’s seat and sped off, reports said.

Collier deputies pursued the vehicle down the Alligator Alley portion of I-75 until they reached the county line. Florida Highway Patrol troopers continued the pursuit and reported seeing the suspects’ vehicle driving through a toll booth on the wrong side of the road.

Miami Gardens and Opa Locka police stopped the vehicle in Miami Gardens and apprehended Willie Williams, 21, and Marquell Shellman, 25. A third suspect ran from the vehicle and is still at large. Williams’ and Shellman’s exact charges were not included on an arrest report.

A search of the suspects’ vehicle uncovered nearly $30,000 in electronics, firearms, jewelry and cash, reports said. Most of the items stolen from the Bonita Springs home were recovered.

Anyone with information about either of the suspects who fled from law enforcement is asked to call the Lee County Sheriff’s Office at (239) 477-1000.

Or, to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000, call Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS. Tips may also be made online at www.swflcrimestoppers.org, through the Tip Submit app on any iPhone or by texting a tip to CRIMES (234637) Keyword: REWARD.

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