A joint investigation between Walton County, Holmes County, Washington County and Jackson County Sheriff’s Offices led to the arrest of Justin Ryan Tankersley, 28, of 2907 Cosson Rd, DeFuniak Springs, Florida.
On 10/31/2014, a Yamaha motorcycle had been stolen from a residence in DeFuniak Springs. On 11/11/2014, Investigators with the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office conducted an interview with Tankersley at his residence in reference to items that had been stolen from their county. During the course of the interview, several items had been located in Tankersley’s possession that had been reported stolen to include the Yamaha motorcycle.
On 11/13/2014, members of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office and Washington County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at Tankersley’s residence and a storage unit that was being rented out by him. Several items were located that had been reported stolen out of Washington County.
On 11/17/2014, a 4-wheeler was located in Jackson County that was reported stolen out of Walton County. Further investigation revealed that Tankersley sold the 4-wheeler to a private citizen in Marianna, Florida.
Tankersley has been charged with Burglary, Larceny and three (3) counts of Grand Theft. He has been booked in to the Walton County Jail. This investigation is ongoing and future charges are expected.