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SEVERAL CARS KEYED AT TERRAMAR APARTMENTS IN SANTA ROSA BEACH

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June 28, 2017

Santa Rosa Beach, Fla— Multiple vehicles sustain damages after owners find their cars have been keyed at a Santa Rosa Beach apartment complex.

From May 11th to June 26th three victims reported their cars have been keyed in the parking lot of TerraMar apartments on Dune Lakes Circle. It is possible that more victims may exist, but have not reported the damages to Walton County Sheriff’s Office.

These crimes are occurring at night and it is unknown if suspects live in the area or not.

Scratches 2Anyone with information is asked to contact the Walton County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency line 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.

Potential victims may also call the non-emergency line to report damages to your vehicle.

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THREE SUSPECTS SOUGHT IN HOME INVASION ROBBERY

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June 28, 2017

Laurel Hill, Fla— An investigation is launched after three men kick down the door of a home in northern Walton County and hold a woman at gunpoint.

At 10:30 pm Tuesday night deputies responded to a home on Richerson Road following a 911 call regarding a home invasion robbery.

Deputies found the victim, who is a home Healthcare Nurse, frightened with injuries. She told deputies at around 10 o’clock the front door was kicked in and three males wearing black gloves, long sleeve shirts, and masks entered the house armed with handguns. The victim stated they were possibly wearing stockings to cover their eyes and mouths.

When they entered the house the victim was struck in the face, with what she believes was a gun, knocking her unconscious. When she regained consciousness the suspects made her strip and zip tied her hands.

Several bedrooms in the house were ransacked. The suspects took the victim’s cell phone and disassembled it in the house. Found in the front yard was a large fixed blade knife taken from under the homeowner’s bed. Due to the possibility the suspects left on foot Walton County Correctional and Okaloosa K9 Units responded to the scene. However, a track could not be found.

She describes one of the males as being shorter and heavy set, weighing 280-300 pounds, and two of them as tall and slender.

Anyone with information is asked to contact 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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MISSOURI MAN ARRESTED AFTER THREATENING WALTON COUNTY TDC EMPLOYEE WITH GUN

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June 26, 2017

Walton County, Fla – A Missouri man was arrested early Monday morning after threatening a Walton County Tourist Development Council employee with a gun.

Around 2:45 this morning, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call about a verbal disturbance on the beach in Inlet Beach. When WCSO deputies arrived on scene, the victim stated he had been collecting items left on the beach after hours when he was confronted by the suspect, later identified as Richard Chase Murray, 43, of Missouri. Murray stood in front of the Walton County TDC employee’s truck pointing a flashlight and a gun at the victim, threatening to shoot him if he did not allow Murray to retrieve his beach tent, cooler and beach chairs out of the back of the truck.

The victim identified himself as a county employee to Murray and explained that he was enforcing Walton County’s Leave No Trace ordinance, which was implemented to reduce environmental impacts on the beaches of South Walton. The suspect continued to threaten to shoot the county employee if he did not give him his property. After retrieving his belongings from the county vehicle, Murray left the scene.

Richard Chase Murray was later located by WCSO deputies and was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and transported to the Walton County Jail.

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SUSPECT BEHIND BARS AFTER BATTERING LOCAL MAN WITH GOLF CLUB

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June 26, 2017

DeFuniak Springs, Fla – A DeFuniak Springs man has been arrested after attacking a local man with a golf club.

On May 14, 2017 just before 1:00 p.m., the Walton County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a physical altercation in a residential area just off of Highway 83 in DeFuniak Springs. When deputies arrived on scene, the victim stated he and Wilson Junior Mount, 54, were arguing over money when Mount grabbed a golf club and started swinging it towards his head. Mount then swung the golf club again, striking the victim in the back of the legs.

Responding deputies and the WCI K-9 Unit immediately began searching for Wilson Mount, who had fled the scene prior to their arrival, but were unable to track down the suspect.

Wilson Junior Mount was located and arrested on Sunday, June 25, 2017 for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and was transported to Walton County Jail.

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WCSO HOLDS ANNUAL BACKPACK DRIVE TO BENEFIT CHILDREN IN NEED

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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

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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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