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 * Suspect sustained injuries during struggle with homeowner and roommate*
Deputies responded to an auto burglary that took place on Saturday, February 7th, at a residence off Redfish Circle, Santa Rosa Beach. Upon arrival, deputies made contact with the homeowner, who stated that he heard a noise, looked out the front window and witnessed an individual inside his roommate’s car. The homeowner confronte...d the individual and a fight took place between the two. The roommate stated to deputies that he walked outside, noticed that his car door was open and saw his friend wrestling with a young black male. He also advised that he assisted his friend in restraining the suspect until deputies arrived.
The suspect, Kaleb Cobb, 16, of Redbay Court, Santa Rosa Beach, was arrested for burglary of an unoccupied conveyance. Cobb was transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center for treatment of his injuries, which he sustained from fighting with the victims before being booked at the Walton County Jail.

 

In January 2015, an investigation was opened into the theft of a bank deposit bag from Freeport City Hall. It was reported that approximately $2306.96 in checks and $2044.57 in cash, was in the bag and had gone missing.

On February 9, Investigator John Cheek, who was handling the case, went to Freeport City Hall and spoke to an employee in reference to some information he had gathered. Investigator Cheek requested and was given permission to check the employee’s vehicle where it was discovered that the missing bag had inadvertently fell down on the floorboard and behind the seat. All the missing money was accounted for and was turned back over to Freeport City Hall.

 

At approximately 2 a.m. on Saturday, February 8, deputies responded to a burglary in progress at a home located off Driftwood Point Road in Santa Rosa Beach.  The resident, who was home at the time of the incident, stated that while she was sleeping she heard several loud bangs on the screen window in her bedroom.  She told deputies that as she looked out of the window, she observed a male jump down from her second floor patio and walk away towards another home that was under construction.  While deputies canvassed the area, Troy Scott, 19, of Legion Park Loop, Miramar Beach, was seen walking in close proximity of where the burglary took place.  Contact was made with Scott and deputies found a landscape rock in his pocket.  Upon further investigation, the rock that was found on Scott’s person, matched the rocks that were on the victim’s property.  Also, Scott’s shoes matched the foot impressions that were located on the property under construction and was in the direction of where the victim stated the suspect had fled. 

 

Scott was arrested for burglary of an occupied dwelling, criminal mischief, trespassing and criminal attempt to solicit conspire. 

 

Would you like to learn more about the basic fundamentals of operating a firearm in a classroom environment, followed by practical exercises and some shooting?  Or have you recently purchased a weapon and want to be more proficient?  Then this is the class for you! 

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office Basic Civilian Firearms Safety Program is held several times a year and it is a six hour course that details the basic safety and shooting fundamentals for most handguns.  Courses are held on Saturdays and is instructed by members of the WCSO Training section.  Completion of the course allows participants to apply for their concealed carry permit and packets are provided to course attendees. 

The next class will take place at 8 am on Saturday, April 4th, at the Sheriff’s Office Firing Range located at 752 Triple G Road, Defuniak Springs.  There is non-refundable course fee of $50 and seats are guaranteed after payment has been received.  A complete application is required, and a background check will be conducted prior to acceptance.  To register please go to http://www.waltonso.org/community/civilianarms/.  Participants should bring 50 rounds of ammunition for their weapon.  Firearms can be provided by the WCSO to attendees so that they can make an educated decision before they buy.  If you need to use an agency firearm, please contact with Deputy Chris Strawn at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. prior to class so arrangements can be made.  An Advanced Civilian Firearms Course is available once the basic course has been completed.  For more information please contact the WCSO Training Section at 850.892.8186. 

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is actively investigating all leads to an armed robbery of a patron that occurred yesterday morning at the Tom Thumb located at 3871 E County Highway 30A east, Seagrove Place.  Four individuals were detained yesterday and questioned by investigators.  All four cooperated with law enforcement and provided their DNA.  The DNA has been forwarded to FDLE pending lab results. 

 

If anyone has information pertaining to the armed robbery, please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 850.892.8111 or Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 850.863.TIPS.

WCSO Patrol Deputies are currently on scene investigating an armed robbery of a patron at the Tomb Thumb located at 3871 E County Highway 30A east, Seagrove Place.  Shortly before 8 am this morning, the victim stated a black male, wearing a dark blue or black hoody with a thin white stripe and a red and white shirt underneath the hoody, brandished a silver revolver and demanded the victim’s wallet.  The suspect is described as 25 to 30 years of age, approximately 6 feet tall and has possible gold or silver caps on his teeth.  The suspect fled north from the convenience store after the incident and the victim was not injured.  This is the not the same suspect that was involved with the EZ Serve armed robbery, located at 10970 Co Highway 30A east, on January 27th.

 

 

 

The Sheriff’s Office is asking assistance from the public that if they see an individual fitting the description, please do not approach him and call law enforcement immediately at 850.892.8111 or Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 850.863.TIPS.

 

WCSO Patrol Deputies, K9 Unit and Investigators are currently on scene investigating an armed robbery that occurred shortly after 7 pm this evening at the EZ Serve, located at 10970 Co Hwy 30A east.  A white male came into the store carrying a handgun and took an unknown amount of money from the register and fled on foot in an unknown direction.  The suspect is described having a thin build, around 5’6”, approximately 165 lbs and wearing a light brown hooded jacket with a drawstring, blue jeans, walking boots and his face was covered with a black bandana.  The cashier was not injured.

 

The Sheriff’s Office is asking assistance from the public that if they see an individual fitting the description, please do not approach him and call law enforcement immediately at 850.892.8111 or Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 850.863.TIPS.

 

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On Monday, January 26, 2015, Sergeant William Curtis and Deputy Sheriff Ryan Hooks were dispatched to a local resort in reference to an elderly gentleman who had collapsed at the gym.  Both units arrived on scene at the same time, grabbed their AED’s and medical bags, and went inside to assess the patient.  Upon seeing and assessing the patient they were able to determine that the patient was not breathing however had a very erratic pulse.

 

 

Deputy Hooks immediately hooked up his AED, while Sergeant Curtis monitored the patient’s vitals.  The AED assessed the patient and recommended shock, after the shock was applied Sergeant Curtis began CPR.  While CPR was being conducted, South Walton Fire District arrived on scene and started to hook up their life saving equipment.  South Walton Fire District removed Deputy Hooks’ AED and asked for CPR to hold while they assessed the patient’s vitals.  Once vitals were assessed and their equipment was hooked up, Deputy Hooks took over CPR until paramedics stated their equipment recommended shock.  After the first shock was completed by the South Walton Fire District, Deputy Hooks again continued with CPR until a second shock was recommended.  After the second shock was administered the paramedics on scene took over CPR and rescue breaths.  The patient was still not breathing on his own and his heart beat was still very erratic.  The patient was transported by ambulance to Sacred Heart Hospital for further medical attention.

 

 

After leaving the scene, Sergeant Curtis and Deputy Hooks went to the hospital to check on the patient and were informed that the patient was breathing on his own and talking with doctors.  Both deputies were informed by the paramedics and medical staff that their actions saved the man’s life.

 

L to R: Deputy Ryan Hooks and Sergeant Will Curtis

 

On January 25th, around 10 p.m., Deputies responded to an alarm activation at Solstice Sunglasses located in the Silver Sands Outlet Mall in Miramar Beach.  Upon arrival, Deputies found four large trash cans containing an estimated 1,000 pairs of sunglasses worth $200,000 dollars.  Video footage shows a silver or white van pull up in front of the store and four individuals are seen getting out of the van and make entry into the store.  All four individuals were wearing dark colored clothing, hoodies, gloves and masks. 

 

Anyone who has information is asked to contact Investigator Matt Williams with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office at 850.892.8111 or Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 850.863.TIPS.

 

On January 19, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call reporting a shoplifting incident at Silver Sands Premium Outlets in Sandestin. The caller described the suspect vehicle, which was later stopped in the parking lot by the first responding deputy. A pair of jeans valued at $317 could be seen in plain sight inside the vehicle. Deputies searched the vehicle and found more than $2,500 worth of stolen merchandise, including a large amount of alcohol. During the investigation, deputies were advised by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office of a theft of a large amount of alcohol from Destin and Fort Walton Beach earlier that same day.

 

All suspects were identified by eyewitness statements and store security video. During the theft in Walton County, it was determined the four individuals worked as a team to distract the employees of Saks Fifth Avenue and collectively steal merchandise.

 

WCSO arrested 29-year-old Eddie Deangelo Douggans of 1111 Oakdale Ave., Mobile, AL, 24-year-old Carla Elizabeth Jackson of 1161 Baltimore St., Mobile, AL, 35-year-old Latonya Nacha McDonald, of 1479 Plaza Dr. Lot B, Mobile, AL and 31-year-old Terrell Elee Demario Smith of 1053 Choctaw St., Mobile, AL. All were charged with retail theft with others to distract a merchant or law enforcement, a third degree felony.

 

During further investigation, it was revealed Terrell Elee Demario Smith had an active warrant out of Alabama for violation of probation. Smith was also charged with operating a vehicle without a license and falsely identifying himself to law enforcement while lawfully detained.

 

 

Carla Elizabeth Jackson was not in the vehicle with the other suspects but was later found hiding in nearby bushes following the incident. Jackson is charged with loitering and prowling, as well as in violation of a warrant out of Escambia County for petit theft.