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Santa Rosa Beach, Fla— Five Walmart employees, ages ranging from 19 to 25, are arrested following an organized attempt to steal items from their employer.

WCSO deputies responded to the Walmart located in Santa Rosa Beach just before midnight last night regarding a group of store employees stealing merchandise.  Deputies arrived and spoke with Walmart Loss Prevention Officers and collected evidence.  It was determined the five employees, all of whom are from Jamaica, have taken several items over the course of a few weeks.

The crimes occurred between Aug 11th and August 22nd on more than one occasion involving all five suspects. One of the suspects admitted in her statement that it was "an associate thing" and that they were "looking out for one another".  The scam went as follows; one employee would bring items to the register where their friend was working and scan items and then delete the items from the transaction. Also, at times they would make the motion like items were being scanned without actually scanning them. The items would be placed in bags and the employee would leave the store with the unpaid items.

Gillisa Hyde, 25, Rashid Cargill, 21, Maurica Notice, 21, Nashana Murrray 23, Jennea Edwards, 19, are all charged with Retail Theft and Conspiracy to Commit Fraud.

DeFuniak Springs, Fla— A DeFuniak Springs man is behind bars after a multi-agency investigation into drugs following a traffic stop Tuesday night.

Officer Jonathan Rockett from Defuniak Springs Police Department conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of Highway 90 and 8th Street on a vehicle with an expired tag.  Officer Rocket requested K9 assistance from the Walton County Sheriff's office. K9 handler Deputy Kristin Pond and partner K9 “Kayne” responded to the scene arriving just before midnight.

K9 Kayne was deployed and conducted a free air sniff of the vehicle's exterior and alerted to the presence of an illegal drug odor.  A search of the vehicle was conducted. A black back pack was located on the passenger floorboard containing .2 grams of methamphetamine, syringes, a scale, a metal spoon containing meth, two straws with white residue, and several empty clear plastic jewelers bags.  

The passenger of the vehicle, 34-year-old Tim Hill, was arrested by Officer Rocket and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

“We are not going to stop until this drug is off our streets,” said Sheriff Michael Adkinson.

 

Walton County Sheriff’s Office is proud of the relationship between other county agencies and commends the teamwork between Officer Rocket and Deputy Pond in this case. 

New Harmony, Fla— A Paxton man is behind bars after deputies discover he has stolen a boat and a trailer during two separate thefts in Mossy Head; concealing them in two different locations.

Gregory Earley, 55, is accused of entering a parcel on Plantation Lane in Mossy Head between the dates of August 5th and 6th and stealing a Gulfstream camper trailer.

Due to surveillance by WCSO investigators, they were able to determine Earley had stored the Gulfstream trailer on a vacant lot in New Harmony – just south of Paxton. It was recovered late Monday night.

Between August 10th and August 11th a Whiteline Red Holland fishing boat went missing off Trout Drive in Mossy Head.

Wednesday, August 25th WCSO investigators located the boat concealed in a small shed with cut brush limbs covering the entrance to hide it from being discovered.  The hull numbers for the boat were scraped off to further conceal its ownership. It was later discovered Earley moved the boat to a family member’s property without their permission. The victim has positively identified the boat and trailer as belonging to him.

 

Earley was arrested for Grand Theft of $5,000 or more and transported to the Walton County Jail.  

Defuniak Springs, Fla— On Saturday August 22nd WCSO was conducting a security check in the parking lot of Allstate in Defuniak Springs when they noticed a Black Ford Mustang with Allen Walker, 25, behind the wheel. Deputies confirmed through dispatch Walker was driving without a license.

As Walker began to leave the parking lot traveling south toward Bob Sikes Road he immediately rolled up the driver and passenger side windows while exiting the parking lot upon seeing the deputy in his patrol car.

Deputies initiated a traffic stop as soon as the vehicle entered the roadway signaling the driver with emergency sirens to stop the vehicle. The vehicle started increasing speed while driving recklessly and made an aggressive turn into a residence approximately 300 feet east of 19th Street.

The vehicle traveled through the yard of the residence around a car, which was parked in the driveway, and exited on to 19th street in a reckless manner. Walker exited the vehicle leaving it in the middle of 19th street with the driver’s door open.

Walker fled on foot traveling West on Sam’s Branch Drive when Deputies noticed his right hand in his pocket as if he was trying to empty it.

Walker jumped the fence of a home at the end of the road, circled behind a structure only to jump the fence again and head back east. Additional WCSO deputies were on the other side of the structure and gave Walker verbal orders to get on the ground.

Deputies seized a syringe into evidence that Walker dumped during the pursuit. Walker was arrested and transported to the Walton County Jail for processing. Later, it was discovered that there were two juveniles located in the vehicle during the time Walker attempted to flee.

 

Walker was charged with cruelty towards child that could have resulted in mental/physical injury, resisting an officer during a traffic stop, habitual DWLSR, resisting an officer without violence, and drug possession. 

Santa Rosa Beach, Fla— On August 22, 2015 WCSO deputies were dispatched to a suspicious person complaint near W. Hodge road where they observed a white male, later identified as Burnham Edson, 35, with blood on his face.  

Edson was treated on scene by South Walton Fire Rescue and deputies drove to his residence to attempt to make contact with Edson’s wife and friends who were at the home.

Due to his level of intoxication and initially giving deputies the wrong address Edson was told he needed to stay in the patrol car for safety reasons. The car was left running so he could have air conditioning.

When deputies attempted to make contact with friends and family at the home they heard loud bangs and ran outside and witnessed Edson kick out the rear driver side window of the vehicle.  Edson was screaming obscenities and attempting to climb out the window. A deputy grabbed Edson and told him he was under arrest and gave him orders to get on the ground.

Edson continued to yell obscenities and began to resist, clinching his right fist, and turning towards the deputy to swing a punch. A second deputy deployed a Taser striking Edson in the back.

“If you’re going to be dumb you had better learn to be tough,” said Sheriff Michael Adkinson. “This was a qualified and measured use of force in which the actions of the deputy were dictated by the actions of the subject.”

 

After checking the patrol car it was observed that Edson had kicked the sliding window open and attempted to remove a shotgun from the vehicle lock. Edson was arrested for property damage/ criminal mischief of more than $200 and resisting an officer with violence. 

Santa Rosa Beach, Fla— Scratched, cut, and bruised from running through the woods an 18-year-old is now behind bars after a citizen calls to report a reckless driver in Santa Rosa Beach.  

On August 20th just before 12:30am WCSO deputies responded to a reckless driver complaint near 30A and Highway 98. The caller told dispatchers the driver of the vehicle was all over the roadway, riding in the median, and speeding in access of 80 miles an hour.

Deputies caught up with the vehicle on Allen Loop Drive and as they approached the car the vehicle blew through a stop sign at Allen Loop and Masters Court. Deputies initiated a traffic stop as the vehicle approached, but the suspect quickly accelerated the car, swerving around the patrol car, and continued on Allen Loop Drive.

The suspect drove approximately 200 yards past the deputies when he pulled over and ran into the woods. A passenger in the vehicle positively identified the driver as Shane Sanders, 18, and said they knew Sanders license was not valid and thought he may have been under the influence of drugs.

The WCSO K9 Unit was called in and K9 Ella located Sanders in under an hour with the keys to the vehicle still around his neck on a lanyard.  

 

Sanders was charged with fleeing and attempting to elude law enforcement officers, driving without a license, and was also issued a citation for running a stop sign. 

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DeFuniak Springs, Fla—  On Wednesday August 19th  just before 4:30pm deputies with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of Lakeview Drive and Shoemaker Drive in reference to a wanted felon out of Holmes County being spotted in the area.

34-year-old Patrick Owens and his girlfriend 24-year-old Crystal Bailey were arrested on out-of-county warrants out of Holmes County, Fl.

Both were transported and booked into the Walton County Jail for processing. As of 10am this morning they are still incarcerated in the Walton County Jail.

 

 

Santa Rosa Beach, Fla— On Monday, August 10th at around 7pm deputies were called to a domestic dispute in the area of Murphy’s Gas Station on U.S. Highway 98. As Deputy Allen Pullings was approaching the intersection of West Hewitt Road he pulled into the turn lane for Murphy’s Gas Station and observed a vehicle matching the description of those involved in the domestic violence incident.

The vehicle was facing north attempting to turn east onto U.S. Highway 98.  Deputy Pullings recognized the driver as Samantha Stuart, 37, from previous criminal incidents and encounters.

Pullings attempted to tell Stuart to pull over, but instead she pulled out onto Highway 98 heading eastbound driving estimated speeds of 90 miles an hour. Stuart began weaving in and out of traffic even when Deputy Pullings engaged his lights and sirens.

As Stuart approached C.R 30A west the vehicle made a rapid turn into the Exxon Gas Station located at the intersection of C.R. 30A and U.S. Highway 98 west.  Deputy Pullings observed the driver, Samantha Stuart, exit the vehicle and walk into the Exxon store even after being told to stop.

Deputy Kristin Pond and K9 “Kayne” were deployed to the scene. Kayne conducted a free air sniff and made a positive alert on the vehicle giving probable cause for a search. A blue canvas bag containing four syringes was discovered along with a gold Michael Kors make-up bag containing a red Frio bag.  Inside the Frio bag was a clear plastic straw, which had methamphetamine inside it and two metal spoons.  

The passenger in the car, Charles Manza, 21, was handcuffed while deputies performed a “pat down” of his outer garments.  During the search a marijuana pipe was discovered in Manza’s left front pocket.  Further investigation revealed three additional pipe/smoking devices with burnt marijuana located in a black duffel bag inside the vehicle.  Post Miranda Manza admitted ownership of all four pipes.

 

Charles Michael Manza was charged with four counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Samantha Stuart was charged on one count of reckless driving, driving with a suspended license, possession of methamphetamine, and four counts of drug paraphernalia. 

On August 9th deputies with the WCSO conducted a traffic stop in the area of US Hwy 331 South related to Willie Goldsmith, 33, driving on a suspended license.

During this investigation WCSO Sergeant Nick Bearden arrived and deployed K9 “Duko”, which resulted in a positive alert on the vehicle. Deputy Bearden and Deputy Phillip Gaither searched the vehicle and found a “Red Bull” can under the center console, which appeared to be unopened.

Sergeant Bearden unscrewed the lid of the can and inside a compartment built inside the can were 4.6 grams of ICE and 5.3 grams of marijuana.  The items were placed inside a 2x6 plastic bag with a red apple printed on it. Also, inside the can was a small stainless steel spoon with white crystal residue on it and several small bags used to distribute drugs.

The drugs were concealed by placing in a hidden compartment inside of a commonly used item in an attempt to deceive any onlooker.

WCSO had probable cause in believing Goldsmith had intentions to sell or distribute the methamphetamines and marijuana. He was subsequently arrested for possession of methamphetamines with intent to sell or distribute, marijuana distribution, and possession of paraphernalia to transport drugs.

 

This will make Goldsmiths 32nd arrest in the state of Florida. Other arresting agencies include Pensacola Police Department, Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, DeFuniak Springs Police Department, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, and Walton County Sheriff’s Office. 

Santa Rosa Beach, Fla— A Crestview teenager already incarcerated on charges from two different Northwest Florida agencies is served with 11 additional warrants from the Walton County Sheriff’s Office. 16-year-old Devon is currently at the Department of Juvenile Justice in Crestview on charges from Niceville Police Department and Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office.

On the night of June 29th into the early morning hours of June 30th a total of eight vehicles were burglarized and four vehicles stolen. 

The incidents were linked together by the following facts:

A wallet from a stolen Honda Odyssey from Pelican Bay Drive in Santa Rosa Beach was found in a recovered 2011 Chevrolet pickup from Bayou Point Drive.

Mail from the 2011 Chevrolet pickup from Bayou Point Drive was found near a vehicle burglary that occurred at Knightsbridge Court.

Documents from a stolen 2011 Infinity from Whispering Lake Drive were found in a Toyota Prius out of Okaloosa County, which Moore admitted to being a part of to OCSO Investigators.

Mr. Moore distinctly identified the Infinity and a vehicle involving the theft of firearms (Lullaby Loop burglary) and the specific neighborhoods in which the crimes occurred. 

During the course of the interview Moore was shown a map which included the following cases:

 

53 Bayou Point Road (Auto Burglary)

27 Bayou Point Road (Auto Burglary)

27 Bayou Point Road (Auto Theft 2011 Chevrolet truck)

367 Whispering Lake Drive (Auto Burglary w/ Theft of Firearms)

314 Whispering Lake Drive (Auto Theft 2011 Infinity)

227 Lullaby Loop (Auto Burglary)

114 Knightsbridge Ct. (Auto Burglary)

110 Knightsbridge Ct. (Auto Burglary)

114 Knightsbridge Ct. (Auto Theft 2013 KIA Sorrento)

55 Knightsbridge Ct. (Auto Burglary)

64 Windy Way (Auto Burglary)

 

Mr. Moore admitted to being a part of all of the listed auto thefts and auto burglaries except the theft of a 2005 Honda Odyssey on Pelican Bay Drive, which occurred the same night as the other crimes.  This would be consistent with Moore and an unknown number of others committing crimes as they traveled east from Fort Walton Beach down U.S. Highway 98 into Walton county.

 

 

Moore is being charged with three counts of grand theft auto and eight counts of burglary.