VIDEO: Brevard County Sheriff’s Office ‘Wheel of Fugitive’ Gets Big Time Audience, Results

By  //  March 9, 2017

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ABOVE VIDEO: Every Tuesday evening on the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, Sheriff ​Wayne Ivey spins a large, green wheel adorned with stickers that he affectionately calls his “Wheel of Fugitive.” (WKMG video)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Every Tuesday evening on the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, Sheriff ​Wayne Ivey spins a large, green wheel adorned with stickers that he affectionately calls his “Wheel of Fugitive.”

“It’s a very unique approach to targeting criminals,” Ivey said.

The sheriff said he knows the key to the success of the videos – and the reason they are shared tens of thousands of times – is fun.

“And sometimes mixing a little humor in there does it,” Ivey told News 6.

The wheel contains pictures of wanted fugitives, absconders, convicted criminals and suspects in all types of crimes. The mug shot that the wheel lands on becomes the “fugitive of the week.”

Ivey said the video is shared repeatedly as soon as it is posted.

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“It’s becoming more successful than any of us could have hoped for,” Ivey said. “Anywhere I go people say something about that they watch the Wheel of Fugitive.”

Within minutes, the Sheriff’s Office gets tips from family, friends, even the fugitive himself or herself.

Ivey said the fugitives are usually arrested within days, sometimes hours, even minutes.

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