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WCSO HOLDS ANNUAL BACKPACK DRIVE TO BENEFIT CHILDREN IN NEED

For Immediate Release

June 23, 2017

Walton County, Fla— Walton County Sheriff’s Office is hosting their annual Backpack Drive for the third year in a row to benefit children in need in our community as they prepare to go back to school this fall.

Through July 28, 2017, WCSO will be collecting backpacks and other school supplies needed for Walton County students to attend classes. Donations can be dropped off at the Sheriff’s Office in DeFuniak Springs or the South Walton Substation in Santa Rosa Beach.

Not only are we challenging the public to donate, we are participating in an inner agency competition to see which bureau can donate the most items. On July 29, WCSO will be hosting a community event at Pat Covell Park where backpacks will be donated to those in need.

“There’s nothing more important than the children in our community,” said Sheriff Michael Adkinson. “This backpack drive gives these kids the boost of confidence they need to tackle the new school year.”

All donations may be dropped off during normal business hours at the north and south end locations.

FOR A LIST OF DONATION ITEMS, CLICK HERE

TO DOWNLOAD THE BACKPACK DRIVE APPLICATION, CLICK HERE

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FREEPORT MAN ARRESTED FOR GRAND THEFT AFTER STEALING VEHICLE FROM LOCAL GAS STATION

For Immediate Release

June 23, 2017

Freeport, Fla – A suspect is behind bars after stealing a vehicle with the keys still inside at a gas station in Freeport.

On May 31, 2017, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Express Lane off Highway 20 in Freeport where a victim parked her truck at the gas pump and entered the store.

Surveillance video revealed a male subject casing the parking lot and leaving in the truck at 9:03 a.m. The suspect was later identified as Christopher Brian Piette, 26, of Freeport.

Responding units immediately began searching for the stolen vehicle, described as a 2000 green top and silver bottom Toyota Tundra with a 3 inch lift, Terra Grappler tires, new rims, an Alabama Crimson Tide tag on the front and a Green Hornet sticker on the windshield. On June 15, the stolen truck was found in an abandoned parking garage in Omaha, Nebraska.

On Monday, June 19, 2017 Christopher Piette was located in a residential area in Freeport and was arrested for grand theft of a motor vehicle and transported to Walton County Jail.

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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

For Immediate Release

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

For Immediate Release

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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