CAR BURGLARS HIT SEAGROVE; NINE UNLOCKED CARS, WEAPONS TAKEN

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August 31, 2017

Santa Rosa Beach, Fla— Following a rash of burglaries over the weekend, nine more cars were burglarized overnight Tuesday in the area of Seagrove in Walton County.

All cars were left unlocked. Two handguns were stolen.

The burglaries took place on or in the area of Gulf Cove Court between 7pm Tuesday and 10am Wednesday morning.

Walton County Sheriff’s Office has increased patrols and is actively investigating all cases. However, we need the public’s cooperation in securing your vehicles.

“These are crimes of opportunity,” said Sheriff Adkinson. “They are not going to take the risk of smashing a car window when they can find one that’s unlocked.”

We encourage anyone with information 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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ARSENAL FOUND DURING SEARCH WARRANT; BROTHERS ARRESTED AS PRINCIPLES IN DRIVE-BY SHOOTING

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August 30, 2017

DeFuniak Springs, Fla— A search warrant investigating the involvement of two brothers into a drive-by shooting results in the discovery of multiple weapons at a home off Tyner Lane.

On July 17th, Walton County Sheriff’s Office was called to a home off Hermitage Road in reference shots fired. No one was injured and two suspects, Thurston Smith and John Cox II, were quickly arrested.

In the weeks that followed investigators began to piece together the incident and two more men were named suspects. Evidence located on scene and additional interviews implicated Daniel Macias for providing the firearms to aid in the shooting. Macias’ brother Benny Macias was suspected in developing the plan for the shooting.

download.jpgOn August 3rd a search warrant was carried out at Daniel Macias’ home at 60 Tyner Lane. On that date Macias, 33, was arrested for violating his pretrial release on child porn charges stemming from back in May.

During the search multiple firearms were located. They include the following:

 

  • .22 caliber semi-automatic rifle
  • .12 gauge shotgun with 14 ½ inch barrel
  • .308 caliber semi-automatic rifle
  • .16 gauge semi-automatic shotgun

In addition, 19 types of rifle, handgun, and shotgun ammunition were discovered. Further, a smoke grenade was found inside a display case in the home. Eglin Air Force Base Explosive Ordinance Disposal took possession of the ordinance and provided sworn statements as to the type of smoke grenade being classified as a military ordinance, requiring proper licensing, and not an item readily available to the public. This device contains a specific type of military fuse, which is considered an explosive. Drugs were also located inside the home, which included methamphetamine, clonazepam pills, cocaine, and marijuana.

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Daniel Macias was subsequently charged on August 22nd with four counts of felon in possession of a firearm, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of a short-barreled shotgun, 19 counts of felon in possession of ammunition, cocaine possession, among other charges. On August 30th he was charged as a principle to the Hermitage Road shooting, which includes three felony charges of aggravated assault, shooting into a dwelling, and criminal mischief.

Additionally, Daniel’s brother Benny was charged as a principle to the shooting on the same charges. Benny was arrested and booked on August 16th.  This investigation was the result of a joint effort between our major crimes unit and our narcotics unit.

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WCSO WRAPS UP OPERATION BLUE BIRD

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August 28, 2017

DeFuniak Springs, Fla— Students are getting settled into the school year and Walton County Sheriff’s Office is wrapping up Operation Blue Bird.

The operation ran from August 10th to August 25th and focused on providing school zone safety for students as they headed back to school.

During the operation Walton County Sheriff’s Deputies, along with Florida Highway Patrol and DeFuniak Springs Police Department, ran radar and performed traffic enforcement in all school zones. In Addition, undercover investigators were charged with following school buses to look for infractions.

Operation Blue Bird yielded the following results:

Walton County Sheriff’s Office

28 – Speed Violation in School Zone

3 – Passing Stopped Bus Violations

2 – DWLSR

2 – Violation of right-of-way

2 – Stop Sign violations

1 – Crash in School Zone

1 – Aggressive Driving Violation

1 – Open Container Violation

1 – Passing on Shoulder Violation

25 – Other Miscellaneous Traffic Violations (Equipment Violations, insurance proof, expired tags, tint etc.)

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12 – Speed Violation in School Zone

2 – DWLSR (1 Felony)

1 – Violation of right-of-way

10 – Seatbelt

10 – Other Miscellaneous Traffic Violations (Equipment Violations, insurance proof, expired tags, tint etc.)

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GOOD SAMARITANS SMASH CAR WINDOW TO PERFORM CPR ON WOMAN IN CARDIAC ARREST

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August 28, 2017

Walton County, Fla— An Alabama woman is alive thanks to the quick actions of good Samaritans who helped save her life over the weekend.

Just after 10 AM Saturday, Walton County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a motor vehicle crash on US Highway 331 S and Wagon Wheel Road in Freeport. Walton County Fire Rescue firefighters and paramedics were dispatched and arrived on scene within minutes to find bystanders performing CPR on the 62 year-old woman who was lying unconscious next to a vehicle. The victim had gone into cardiac arrest while driving home from the beach and crashed into a culvert on the side of the highway.

Witnesses say they saw the car run off the road and immediately stopped to assist. When they realized the driver was unconscious in the vehicle, they broke the window, pulled the victim out of the car and immediately began performing CPR. The woman’s son-in-law, a professional firefighter/paramedic with Decatur Fire and Rescue, arrived shortly after and began assisting with CPR efforts.

Once on scene, Walton County Fire Rescue paramedics began performing advanced life support efforts on the victim who began to regain consciousness on the way to a local hospital.

“The bystanders are the true heroes here,” says Fire Chief Russell Beaty, “Their quick thinking and brave actions, along with the firefighters and paramedics life-saving efforts, saved this woman’s life.”

The victim was further stabilized by staff at a nearby hospital before being airlifted to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center where she is currently being treated.

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WALTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE: HELP US HELP YOU

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August 28, 2017

Santa Rosa Beach, Fla— Guns, money, and a computer are just some of the items stolen during double digit vehicle burglaries reported over the weekend in Walton County.

All vehicles were left unlocked.

Since 5AM Friday to 5AM today, Walton County Sheriff’s Office has responded to eight vehicles burglaries. Since that time, 12 additional vehicle burglaries have been reported. Investigations are being conducted and it has been confirmed that two guns were stolen during two separate burglaries. Among other items taken were a lap top, a check book, and cash. Multiple cars were burglarized on Troon Drive over the weekend and several more reported this morning on roads off of West Hewitt Drive.

No forced entry was made to any of the vehicles.

“We cannot stress enough that folks need to secure their belongings,” said Sheriff Michael Adkinson. “Make it a routine, turn on an alarm to remind yourself, and then double and even triple check your vehicles are locked.”

Surveillance video is being reviewed and will be released when it becomes available. In the meantime, those with any information are asked to call the Walton County Sheriff’s Office at (850)-892-8111.

“Help us, help you,” stressed Adkinson. “Hide your belongings. Take your keys. Lock your vehicles.”

Those who purchase or own firearms can also store the weapons information on Leads Online using ReportIt. ReportIt lets you securely store serial numbers, item descriptions, pictures, and scans of receipts so that your items may be more easily identified if your valuables are ever lost or stolen. The link is https://reportit.leadsonline.com/. We will continue to release more information on these incidents as it becomes available.

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TANS LINES AND TENNIS SHOES HELP IDENTIFY FREEPORT BURGLARY SUSPECT

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August 9, 2017

Freeport, Fla— Tan lines and tennis shoes help Walton County Sheriff’s Investigators identify a suspect who stole from two local businesses.

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Early in the morning on August 15th a suspect broke into Black Creek General Store and Black Creek Café. Surveillance video showed a white male with distinct tan lines and high-top tennis shoes enter the businesses and steal cigarettes, cash from the register totaling more than $300 and other items including a cash register.

Based on the video deputies viewed they were able to positively identify Lance Johnson, 19, as the subject from the video.

 

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On Sunday, August 20th a deputy patrolling the area of Highway 81 near Bruce noticed Johnson walking along the side of the road. Johnson was wearing identical tennis shoes than the ones the suspect wore in the surveillance video from the Black Creek burglaries.

During questioning Johnson took off on foot. Following a short pursuit Johnson was put into custody and later admitted to breaking into the businesses.

“The quick investigative work by deputies and investigators put this case to rest quickly,” said Sheriff Michael Adkinson. “Good surveillance video is a huge benefit during investigations.”

Lance Johnson was charged with grand theft, two counts of burglary, resisting arrest, two counts of criminal mischief and two counts of petit theft.

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HOME INVASION SUSPECT ARRESTED IN WALTON COUNTY AFTER ESCAPING ALABAMA FACILITY

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August 22, 2017

Santa Rosa Beach, Fla- An Opp man who escaped a health facility in Alabama is behind bars in Walton County, Florida after deputies located him along with a stolen vehicle.

Reese Lee Prevatt, 33, escaped the Crenshaw Community Hospital South Wing Facility Monday night. Following his escape, Prevatt broke into a residence in Luverne, Alabama and stole a white Kia sedan along with money, a watch and other valuables.

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Tuesday morning at 7:30 deputies responded to a parked car with front-end damage at State Road 395 and U.S. Highway 98. When deputies arrived they noticed a smell of alcohol on the male subject standing outside the vehicle and noticed multiple cans of Four Loko in the vehicle. The man, later identified as Prevatt, did not have any identification. After running the car’s license plate the vehicle came back as stolen out of Alabama.

Prevatt was subsequently arrested for grand theft and possession of stolen property. He was transported without incident and booked into the Walton County. The investigation is ongoing.

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WCSO SEEKING INFORMATION ON GOLF CART THIEF CAUGHT ON SURVEILLANCE VIDEO

2017-00086872 Golf CartMiramar Beach, Fla- On August 14, 2017, a thief was caught on surveillance video stealing a golf cart from Camping on the Gulf Campground on U.S. Highway 98 in Walton County.

The victims were out to lunch when they returned around 3pm to find someone had stolen their golf cart. During the investigation video footage shows the golf cart was taken at 1:25pm by a white male. He is seen wearing a red hat, possibly a white t-shirt, shorts of unknown color and light color sneakers. The suspect was last observed heading east on Highway 98.

If you have any information regarding this suspect or have been a victim of a similar incident please call 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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MOTHER MAKES DESPERATE PLEA FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO HER DAUGHTER’S WHEREABOUTS

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August 14, 2017

 Walton County, Fla— Tuesday marks a painful anniversary for a Walton County mother.

17-year-old Kemberly Ramer went missing 20 years ago on August 15, 1997 from Opp, Alabama.

It is believed Kemberly vanished shortly after she returned home that evening. Her vehicle was found in the driveway and none of her belongings were missing from her residence.

Law enforcement believes Kemberly may have met with foul play. When she was last seen, she was 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighed approximately 130 pounds. She was last known to be wearing clear braces on her teeth and had thick eyebrows.

Both the Opp Police Department and investigators with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office are actively investigating Kemberly’s case.

Anyone with information about Kemberly’s disappearance is asked to contact the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST), the Opp Police Department at 334-493-4511 or the Walton County Sheriff’s Office at 850-892-8111.

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WCSO SEARCHING FOR SUSPECT VEHICLE FOLLOWING CAR BURGLARIES IN MIRAMAR BEACH

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August 10, 2017
Walton County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help locating a suspect vehicle involved in several smash and grab vehicle burglaries at Gold’s Gym on U.S. Highway 98 West in Miramar Beach.
These burglaries have occurred within the last two hours. Both victim’s left purses on the front seat in plain view. Passenger side windows were smashed, purses were taken off seat. Deputies are still on scene gathering evidence.
 
If you see this vehicle 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. You can also submit a web tip at http://www.emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com or send a mobile tip using the P3 Tips Mobile Application.
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