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DESTIN MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO SHIPPING JEWELRY STOLEN DURING WALTON COUNTY BURGLARIES

Mark Joshua Mitchell, 39, of Destin, pled guilty today to seven counts of interstate transportation of stolen property. The guilty plea was announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.

https://www.justice.gov/usao-ndfl/pr/destin-man-pleads-guilty-shipping-jewelry-stolen-walton-county-burglaries

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INVESTIGATOR SPOTS THIEF AT LOCAL GAS STATION; SUSPECT BEHIND BARS FOLLOWING TRAILER STOLEN FROM YOLO BOARD

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June 22, 2017

Miramar Beach, Fla – WCSO Investigator spots suspect wanted for grand theft at a local gas station early Thursday morning following a trailer being stolen from Yolo Board in Miramar Beach.

Just before 10:00 Wednesday morning, Walton County Sheriff’s Office responded to 11610 US Highway 98 W in Miramar Beach in reference to a trailer full of merchandise that was stolen from the property. The victim advised a 2014, 8 X 6 white Husky trailer bearing Florida tag number 496QGF was stolen from outside of the business. The trailer contained paddleboards and miscellaneous memorabilia from the store.

Video surveillance showed a black truck, possibly a Toyota Tacoma, enter the parking lot at approximately 5:40 a.m. and leaving the parking lot with the trailer in tow at approximately 5:44 a.m.

After seeing a post about the theft on Walton County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, two eye witnesses came forward identifying the suspect as Jason Edward Davis, 38, of Santa Rosa Beach and gave the location of the stolen trailer. Deputies responded to the scene and were told by eye witnesses that Davis dropped off the trailer in a residential area in Santa Rosa Beach.

Just before 1:30 a.m., a WCSO investigator was driving past a gas station in DeFuniak Springs when he spotted the suspect’s black Toyota Tacoma parked at a gas pump. The investigator approached the suspect and saw some of the missing merchandise from Yolo Board in the back of the Davis’s truck.

Jason Davis was arrested for grand theft and was transported to Walton County Jail.

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CRIME STOPPERS WEEKLY WANTED

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is currently seeking information on the following subjects wanted out of our jurisdiction;

Natasha Ann Mohnke– White female, 39 YOA, 5’5”, 130 lbs., Brown hair, Brown eyes.  Thissubject is wanted on a Felony Violation of Probation for the original charge of Possession of Cocaine.   She was last seen in Walton County Florida.

Shawanda Lynette Powe– Black female, 37 YOA, 5’2”, 180 lbs., Black hair, Brown eyes.   This subject is wanted on a Felony Violation of Probation for the original charge of Gran Theft.   She was last seen in Walton County Florida.

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ROAD CLOSURES LIST FOR WALTON COUNTY AS OF 6:00 6/22/2017

NORTH WALTON:

Natural Bridge Road: Closed due to water on roadway.

Pen Williams Road: Closed due to water on roadway.

8 Mile Cemetery Road: Closed due to water on roadway.

 

SOUTH WALTON:

264 S Wall Street: Beach access is washed out.

 

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UPDATE: TRAILER STOLEN AT YOLO BOARD HAS BEEN RECOVERED

UPDATE: The trailer stolen from Yolo Board has been recovered and the suspect is in custody. 

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For Immediate Release

June 21, 2017

Miramar Beach, Fla – A trailer full of merchandise was stolen from Yolo Board in Miramar Beach early Wednesday morning.
Just before 10:00 this morning, Walton County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a theft of a trailer at 11610 US Highway 98 W in Miramar Beach. Deputies responded to the scene, and the victim advised a 2014, 8 X 6 white Husky trailer bearing Florida tag number 496QGF was stolen from outside of the business. The trailer contained paddleboards and miscellaneous memorabilia from the store.
Video surveillance showed a black truck, possibly a Toyota Tacoma, enter the parking lot at approximately 5:40 a.m. and leaving the parking lot with the trailer in tow at approximately 5:44 a.m.

If you have any information on this incident you are 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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ROAD CLOSURES LIST FOR WALTON COUNTY AS OF 4:20 6/21/2017

NORTH WALTON

US Highway 331S/North of Rock Hill Rd and South of Healthmark. Roadway is not closed, but please use caution due to water in roadway.

Natural Bridge Road: Closed due to water on the road.

Pen Williams Road: Closed due to water on the road.

SOUTH WALTON

Wall Street Beach Access: Closed due to erosion.

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WALTON CI K9 UNIT AND WCSO TRACK WANTED FELON

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June 20, 2017

Walton County, Fla— A wanted felon is behind bars after fleeing from deputies in DeFuniak Springs Tuesday morning.

Just after 9:00 AM, Walton County dispatchers received a call from a witness stating they saw Brian Timothy Grant, 36, who was wanted for two felony warrants and one misdemeanor warrant, walking down Coy Burgess Loop. Deputies responded to the area and saw Grant who fled into the woods nearby.

Walton County Sheriff’s Office deputies set up a perimeter and phone alerts were sent to residents in the surrounding area giving a description of the suspect and advising everyone in the area to stay indoors until the suspect was captured. Walton County Correctional K9 Unit was called to assist in the manhunt.

A Walton CI K9 found Grant hiding in shrubbery about a half a mile away from where he originally fled on Mossy Lane. Brian Timothy Grant was arrested for felony failure to appear, misdemeanor failure to appear and felony bond revocation and was transported to Walton County Jail.

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ADDITIONAL SUSPECT CAPTURED IN JEWELRY STORE BURGLAR

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June 19, 2017

Walton County, Fla— The United States Marshals Service captures additional suspect in a jewelry store burglary in Miramar Beach.

On April 29, just before 11 p.m., Walton County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to 12889 U.S. Highway 98 West following a 911 call from the store’s owner. The caller said two suspects broke into the store using a hammer and a crow bar and began shattering display cases to gain access to jewelry before the storeowner fired an unknown number of shots with his .25-caliber handgun at the suspects. The caller stated he might have hit one of the suspects before they both fled the scene on foot.

The incident was captured on surveillance video and investigators identified Timothy Vignolo, 32, and Joshua Graves, 39, as two primary suspects. It has since been confirmed that Graves sustained a gunshot wound during the heist.

Vignolo was arrested on May 11 by Meridian Police Department in Mississippi after being involved in a traffic crash where he was driving under the influence. In addition, Walton County Sheriff’s Office investigators have arrested Michael Goins, 60, of Alpine, Alabama for also being involved in the crime.

Today, the US Marshals Service arrested Joshua Graves at a resident’s house in Calhoun County, Alabama. Graves will be transported to Jefferson County Jail for two felony warrants out of Jefferson County, Alabama before being transferred to Walton County Jail.

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CRIME STOPPERS WEEKLY WANTED

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is currently seeking information on the following subjects wanted out of our jurisdiction;

Billy Don Duncan– White male, 55 YOA, 5’10, 165 lbs., Hazel eyes, Brown hair.   This subject is wanted on a Felony Violation of Probation for the original charge of DWLSR and Attaching Tag Not Assigned.   He was last seen in Walton County Florida.

Lauryn Marotto– White female, 41 YOA, 4’11, 130 lbs., Green eyes, Black hair.  This subject is wanted on a Felony Violation of Probation for the original charges of Grand Theft and Uttering a Forged Instrument.    She was last seen in Walton County Florida.

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WCSO CAPTAIN GRADUATES FROM SOUTHERN POLICE INSTITUTE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS COURSE

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June 14, 2017

DeFuniak Springs, Fla—Captain Jimmy Fannin has become the fourth graduate of the Southern Police Institute Administrative Officers Course from Walton County Sheriff’s Office.

The Southern Police Institute is an integral part of the Department of Criminal Justice in the College of Arts and Sciences of the University of Louisville.

According to their website “This is an advanced educational and training institute whose mission is to enhance the professional development of law enforcement practitioners. Since the creation of the Southern Police Institute in 1951, its program of instruction has been based on the belief that law enforcement is a demanding activity requiring the highest level of professional preparation. The Administrative Officers Course has been offered continuously since 1951. Today, it is our primary leadership development program. It is designed to provide a comprehensive and challenging educational experience that is intended to enhance the professional and personal lives of students.”

Group Graduation

On May 11th Captain Fannin received his diploma as a part of the 137th AOC held at the University of Louisville in Kentucky, which included 47 Graduates representing 39 different agencies from 18 states.

“It’s difficult to be away from family for that amount of time,” said Sheriff Michael Adkinson. “But, this type of leadership through education shows his dedication and commitment to bringing the highest level of professional service to Walton County.”

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