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WCSO Patrol Deputies are investigating three cases of occupied residential burglaries that have occurred in Miramar Beach and Santa Rosa Beach.  In all 3 cases, the residents were home and asleep, when an individual entered their residence and took wallets, purses and other valuable items.  Deputies were told by the victims that the garage doors were left open with the interior garage door unlocked.  The cases have been forwarded to the criminal investigations bureau of the sheriff’s office. 

 

The WCSO wants to inform the public of what is happening and urges everyone to be proactive and secure their personal items and LOCK their doors.

 

The WCSO has received multiple complaints of a con man posing as a sheriff’s office employee in an attempt to get money. The caller states that a family member has a warrant for their arrest but in lieu of arrest, the caller requests money over the phone.  Another ruse is telling potential victims they missed jury duty and they are being fined $2000.00, but if the person settles the issue that day, they will accept $500.00 transferrable electronically. 

 At no time will the sheriff’s office ever solicit money and wants to remind citizen’s to not give out any personal information over the phone.  Anyone who has fallen victim to the bogus caller is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 850.892.8111. 

 

 

The WCSO has received reports of an individual impersonating himself as a Walton County Sheriff’s Office Deputy.  The victims stated that the caller had an arrest warrant for a family member and identified himself as “Deputy Arrowwood.”  The case is under investigation.

 

The Sheriff’s Office wants to remind citizens to not give out any personal information over the phone.  If anyone has concerns or had been contacted by this individual, please contact the Walton County Sheriff’s Office at 850.892.8111.

 

Thank you Smart Bank for showing your love for the Walton County Sheriffs Office staff. Your kindness and generosity is appreciated. The lunch prepared and cooked by your team was amazing. It's nice to know we are appreciated!! And Thank You to the other businesses who contributed to make the lunch perfect.

 

 

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office was notified around 3 pm today by the DeFuniak Springs Police Department that they received a call from a help hotline that a male was threatening to harm himself.  The hotline advised him to go to the nearest hospital.  A member of the HealthMark staff contacted the Sheriff’s Office and advised there was a man waiting in the ER with a gun.  Deputies arrived on scene, made contact with the male and did not find a gun in his possession.  The male was taken into custody and Baker Acted.  The weapon, a 25 caliber pistol was located inside the male’s vehicle.  No injuries were reported to any parties involved.

 

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The WCSO has received the Golden Star Award from the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranches for raising over $60,000 dollars through fundraisers for the organization.  The mission of the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches is to prevent delinquency and give them the opportunity to better themselves and become productive members of society.  Sheriff Mike Adkinson stated, “Our deputy sheriffs can help kids get back on the right track by supporting this incredible organization that does so much for our youth”.

 

For more information about the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches please visit http://youthranches.org/. 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictured is Captain Donnie Clark, Sheriff Mike Adkinson and School Resource Deputy Phillip Spires

 

 

 

Keelan Michael Clemmons, 21, of 1237 Chat Holley Road, Santa Rosa Beach, was arrested on Wednesday, February 11th, for burglary of an unoccupied dwelling, larceny and narcotic possession.  Clemmons was hired by the victim to do construction work on a separate apartment which was attached to the victim’s Santa Rosa Beach home.  The victim left the residence for approximately 1 hour and upon her return, she noticed two rings laying on the kitchen floor of her residence.  In addition, two necklaces valued at $500 were also found missing from her jewelry box and $400 in cash was missing from a chest of drawers.  The victim reported the incident to the Sheriff’s Office and upon arrival, deputies interviewed Clemmons.  The investigation revealed that Clemmons was in possession of the items stolen from the residence.  Deputies found the necklaces hidden in Clemmons sock and the missing money was found hidden in Clemmons wallet.  Clemmons was placed into custody and upon search of his person, revealed a marijuana pipe in his right front pocket.


 * 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.