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HOME INVASION ROBBERY SUSPECTS IDENTIFIED, TWO IN CUSTODY

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September 20, 2017

Paxton, Fla— Three suspects have been identified and two men are behind bars following an investigation into a home invasion robbery in Paxton.

On June 27th, around 10:00 PM, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call at a home on Richerson Road regarding a home invasion robbery with a firearm. The victim told deputies around 9:30PM three masked men armed with handguns kicked in the front door of the home where she worked as a home Healthcare Nurse.

The victim was then struck in the face with the handgun, made to strip, and her hands zip tied together. The suspects disassembled the victim’s phone and ransacked the house searching for valuables before fleeing the scene.

Walton County Sheriff’s Office Investigators were able to identify three suspects including Vance Gary Gettis, 29, of Paxton, Florida and Anthony Antron Wilkins, 35, of Florala, Alabama.

“These investigators refused to give up on this case,” says Sheriff Michael Adkinson, “and because of their hard work and dedication, three dangerous men have been identified.”

Anthony Wilkins has been arrested on outstanding warrants for his involvement in the robbery home invasion with a firearm and was transported and booked into the Walton County Jail where he is being held on a $50,000 bond. Vance Gettis is currently incarcerated in Covington County on unrelated charges and his extradition is pending. This is still an ongoing investigation and a third arrest is expected.

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WANTED WEDNESDAY – JEREMY ALAN SIMONDS

Jeremy thinks it’s okay to steal people’s property. We disagree with Jeremy, which is why he’s today’s featured felon! Jeremy Alan Simonds, 35, is wanted for felony burglary.

He was last seen in the 400 block of Kings Lake Boulevard in DeFuniak Springs.

If you have any information on Jeremy’s whereabouts please call the Walton County Sheriff’s Office at (850)-892-8111 or you can remain anonymous by calling Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at (850) 863-TIPS. Submit a web tip at http://www.emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com/ or send a mobile tip using the P3 Tips Mobile Application.

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SEXUAL PREDATOR ADDRESS NOTIFICATION – RICKY HARRISON

Defuniak Springs, Fla— Ricky Lee Harison was found guilty of lewd or lascivious battery upon a person older than 12, but younger than 16 in Bay County, Florida.

Harrison’s address is 389 Mims Road, DeFuniak Springs, Florida 32433. He registered as a sexual predator on September 19th.  He is 51 years of age, stands at approximately 5’07”, and weighs 140 pounds.

There are currently (23) sexual predators and (137) sex offenders living in Walton County.

Walton County Sheriff’s Office encourages families to visit www.flsexoffender.net to subscribe to receive e-mail alert notifications when registered sexual offenders or predators move into neighborhoods. WCSO also encourages citizens to use the neighborhood search feature prior to signing up for alerts to identify registered sexual offenders and predators currently living in neighborhoods.

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DEFUNIAK SPRINGS MAN ARRESTED AFTER BATTERING HIS PREGNANT GIRLFRIEND

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September 19, 2017

DeFuniak Springs, Fla— A DeFuniak Springs man is behind bars after slapping and choking his pregnant girlfriend.

On September 15th, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a domestic violence incident in which a man had battered his girlfriend who is six months pregnant. The boyfriend, who was identified as Corbin John Gainey, 29, of DeFuniak Springs, got into an argument with his girlfriend outside of his home. During the argument, Gainey slapped the victim multiple times before choking her and then throwing her to the ground. The suspect also threw his girlfriend’s keys and phone so that she could not leave the scene or call 911 for help.

Just before 3:30 PM on September 17th, a WCSO deputy spotted Gainey sitting outside of his home in DeFuniak Springs. When the suspect saw the deputy, he immediately fled into the woods. WCI’s K-9 Unit began assisting WCSO deputies in tracking the suspect. Corbin Gainey turned himself in shortly after the search began.

Corbin John Gainey was subsequently arrested for domestic battery by strangulation, aggravated battery and depriving of 911 communication and was transported to the Walton County Jail.

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TURN ‘EM IN TUESDAY – TOMMY JAY SHELDON

Life’s all about choices. Some people don’t always make the best choices. Like Tommy here. Tommy Jay Sheldon, 35, is wanted for violating his probation following his arrest for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

If you see Tommy, let him know his P.O is not too happy with him, and the Walton County Sheriff’s Office is looking for him. He may be staying in the Panama City area.

If you have any information on Tommy’s whereabouts please call the Walton County Sheriff’s Office at (850)-892-8111 or you can remain anonymous by calling Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at (850) 863-TIPS. Submit a web tip at http://www.emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com/ or send a mobile tip using the P3 Tips Mobile Application.

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UPDATE: TURN ‘EM IN TUESDAY – CODY LEE TULLIS ARRESTED

TURN EM IN TUESDAY – CODY TILLUS ARRESTED

Apparently, he’s not a ghost. Less than 24 hours our Turn ’em in Tuesday post went on social media Cody Lee Tullis was arrested September 13th. Walton County Sheriff’s Office received a tip Tullis was staying at a house on B.H. Reddick Road. Deputies went to the home around 8PM that evening and spotted Tullis who then ran inside. He came out and turned himself in few minutes later.

We want to thank you the community for your continued support of our Turn ’em in Tuesday campaign. If you have any information on crimes committed in your community or you know the whereabouts with someone with warrants you’re asked to call the Walton County Sheriff’s Office at (850)-892-8111 or you can remain anonymous by calling Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at (850) 863-TIPS. Submit a web tip at http://www.emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com/ or send a mobile tip using the P3 Tips Mobile Application.

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Turn ’em in Tuesday is back! It’s the social media post you wait all week (or the first two days anyway) to see! Today’s pick is Cody Lee Tullis, 22, who is wanted for violating his probation after not reporting to his probation officer following his arrest for domestic violence.

If you see Cody, tell him his P.O. (and the Walton County Sheriff’s Office) is looking for him. He was last seen in the area of Highway 20 West around the 9000 block in Choctaw Beach. He may be homeless or living on a house boat.

If you have any information on Cody’s whereabouts you’re asked to call the Walton County Sheriff’s Office at (850)-892-8111 or you can remain anonymous by calling Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at (850) 863-TIPS. Submit a web tip at http://www.emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com/ or send a mobile tip using the P3 Tips Mobile Application.

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JUVENILES BURGLARIZE CARS, SET BOAT ABLAZE; FOUR ARRESTED

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September 9, 2017

Santa Rosa Beach, Fla—A report of a boat fire leads to the arrest of two juveniles after deputies link them to nine reported car burglaries and two stolen firearms.

Just before 6 AM deputies were called to a report of a boat fire on Trae Lane. While en route, a resident living off of Dalton Drive called to report two juveniles were caught on his home surveillance camera around 4 AM with flashlights hiding under his house. While canvassing the neighborhood deputies noticed two juveniles riding bikes and attempted to make contact. The two juveniles fled and ditched their bikes before running into the woods.

Jamar Jackson, 17, was eventually caught after a short foot pursuit. He identified the second subject as Anthony Dobbs, 17. Deputies were led to the area of Spartina Circle in Watercolor where Dobbs was staying. A van pulled up driven by his mother with Dobbs inside. Also in the vehicle was 19-year-old Jonathan Russell. Inside the residence was 55-year-old Charles Dailey. Both Dailey and Russell were wanted on outstanding warrants out of Okaloosa County. They were taken into custody along with Dobbs.

Nine car burglaries were reported in the areas of Eastern Lake, Seagrove, Lakewood Drive and Watercolor overnight. Multiple items were stolen including two weapons, which were later recovered. All vehicles were left unlocked.

Jackson and Dobbs are being charged with multiple counts of armed burglary, burglary, grand theft of a firearm, grand theft and petit theft. Jackson is being charged with arson for the boat fire.

This investigation is ongoing and more charges are expected. More information will be released when it becomes available.

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HOME AUTO SHOP SEVERELY DAMAGED AFTER MULTIPLE EXPLOSIONS AND FIRE IN DEFUNIAK SPRINGS

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September 8, 2017

DeFuniak Springs, Fla— A structure fire rips through a Walton County resident’s home auto shop causing multiple explosions in DeFuniak Springs.

At approximately 4:40 PM Friday afternoon, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a residential building involved in a structure fire on Corbin Gainey Road. The homeowner stated he had just left his private auto shop when he noticed flames coming the nearby building.

When first responders arrived on scene, they found the homeowner’s private garage engulfed in flames threatening a nearby barn housing livestock. During the blaze, small, pressurized aerosol cans began exploding inside the building. Shortly after, the drive shaft of the vehicle found inside the garage exploded sending heavy black smoke into the residential area.

Walton County Fire Rescue firefighters were able to contain the fire before it spread to the barn. The resident’s garage suffered extensive damage, but no one was injured in the fire.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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ADDITIONAL SUSPECT ARRESTED IN CAR BURGLARY CASES

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September 8, 2017

Santa Rosa Beach, Fla— A second suspect has been arrested for his involvement in more than a dozen car burglaries in Walton County.

Felipe Da Silva Piraja, 24, was taken into custody yesterday evening following an investigation into a string of car burglaries that happened over a two week period in late August.

On August 25th cars in the area of Birch Street were burglarized. Then, the following weekend, several cars were targeted in Sandestin off Troon Drive. On August 28th it was reported several roads off of West Hewitt Drive were also hit and then nine more on August 30th in Seagrove. All the vehicles in all of these cases were left unlocked.

An investigation revealed the involvement of Devan Welch, 18, who later admitted to participating in all but the Sandestin burglaries. Welch was arrested and booked into the Walton County Jail on September 6th. Piraja was later identified as a suspect in 13 reported cases off West Hewitt Drive, although his involvement could extend to other cases.

Piraja was arrested and charged with twelve counts of unarmed burglary, armed burglary, grand theft of a firearm, two counts of grand theft, two counts of felony violation of probation and seven counts of petit theft.

This investigation is ongoing and more charges and arrests are expected. We would like to remind and encourage our citizens and visitors to please lock your vehicles, remove valuables from your car, and take your keys with you.

 

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WCSO LOOKING FOR MISSING ENDANGERED SANTA ROSA BEACH MAN

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September 7, 2017

SantaRosa Beach, Florida– Walton County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing endangered adult.

Roland “Joey” Brandburn, 39, was last seen yesterday around 4pm walking on Chat Holley. He does not have a cell phone, but Joey is friendly and will talk to anyone.

He was reported missing this afternoon and Walton County Sheriff’s Deputies are attempting to locate him. He is pictured in these two photos in an orange shirt. Joey is starting to grow out his beard again, but it is not as long as it was in the (LEFT) photo.

If you have any information you are asked to call the Walton County Sheriff’s Office at (850)-892-8111.

 

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