Sheriff’s Report July 22 through July 28, 2016
On July 22nd Patricia Dodson reported a theft from her vehicle while it was parked at the Wakulla River boat ramp on Highway 98. According to Mrs. Dodson she locked her vehicle and went on the river around 11 am on July 21st. Upon returning around 5 pm she found that her wallet containing her credit cards and identification was taken. No forced entry was found. Total loss is estimated at under $100.00.
On July 22nd Lorna Conner made a delayed report of the burglary of a shed at her home on Center Street in Panacea. According to Mrs. Conner someone entered her shed and removed approximately $1,000.00 worth of sewing items. It is thought that the theft occurred approximately a month previous. A person of interest was named by the complainant.
On July 22nd a complainant met with Deputy Ethan Ard at the Sheriff’s Office in regards to an internet fraud. According to the victim they arranged to purchase a vehicle over the internet and to make payment they were instructed to purchase Amazon gift cards and give the seller the numbers off the cards. Once this was done the vehicle did not arrive and the victim re-contacted the seller and was advised that additional funds were needed to insure the vehicle during transport. The seller completed the same process and additional funds were given to the seller. The victim became suspicious and upon contacting the Sheriff’s Office it was realized that this sale was a scam. All correspondence between the victim and suspect and the gift card information was gathered. The investigation has been forwarded to Detective Randy Phillips.
On July 22nd Wakulla Fire Rescue and deputies responded to a vehicle fire in the woods off of George Crump Road. Once on scene it was found that a vehicle driven by a licensed juvenile had mechanical issues and the vehicle caught on fire which spread to the adjacent woods. Fire Rescue was assisted by a helicopter from the US Forestry and the vehicle and woods were extinguished. The vehicle was a total loss. No injuries were reported.
On July 23rd a female complainant reported a burglary and theft at her residence off of Hickory Avenue. The victim stated that upon awaking this date she found her front door ajar and her purse left outside on her porch. Cash and other items were found missing. An area check has been for the residence.
On July 23rd employees from Auto Zone in Crawfordville reported a theft of electronic items by a customer. According to witnesses the suspect went from a specific area of the store to the bathroom several times which raised their suspicions. The customer left and an employee checked the bathroom finding empty packaging. The customer returned and WCSO was called. The store declined to prosecute the suspect when he returned the stolen merchandise. The suspect was issued a trespass warning for the store.
On July 24th a victim attempted to purchase a vehicle via the internet. The victim was instructed to and did purchase Amazon gift cards for the sale amount of the vehicle. The victim provided the numbers from the gift cards to the suspect but still did not receive the vehicle as agreed. Upon re-contacting the seller and accusing them of conducting a scam the call was terminated and the victim has not been able to contact the seller since. All documentation between the parties was collected and the case is being forwarded to the Criminal Investigations Division.
On July 25th Jessica McCabe of Summerwind Circle North reported fraudulent charges on her banking account. It was explained that upon reviewing her bank statement she found charges on her account from a Walmart in Houston, Texas. The total amount of the charges was $155.66. Documentation was collected about the purchases and the victim cancelled their credit cards. Deputy Jena Beceriklier investigated.
On July 25th Deputy Anthony Paul responded to the residence of Pate Reynolds on Burge Village Road in reference to a theft. Upon arrival it was learned that sometime in the past ten days someone entered the victim’s home and removed US currency and a firearm. No forced entry was found. The investigation has been forwarded to the Criminal Investigations Division for further investigation.
On July 26th Deputy Ross Hasty met with Charles Beach in regards to a theft of a utility trailer and tools. According to Mr. Beach he is in the process of moving and had the tools in the trailer ready to move them to his new home. When he arrived to move the trailer he found it missing. The trailer was entered into the NCIC system as stolen. Later the Leon County Sheriff’s Office located the trailer and the contents. It was learned that the trailer had been taken by a family member. No charges will be pursued. The trailer was removed from the NCIC system and arrangements made to have it returned to the complainant.
On July 27th Deputy Steven Parfitt responded to the residence of Larry Golden on Westview Street in regards to a trespass. It was learned that Mr. Golden had went outside the get something and found two white males in his unlocked truck. He yelled at them and they ran on foot from the area. Deputies canvassed the neighborhood but didn’t have any contact with any potential suspects. An area check has been set for the neighborhood. Nothing was found missing from Mr. Golden’s truck.
On July 28, 2016 Deputies responded to two homes on Summer Lane in Wakulla Station in regards to a home burglary and the possible poisoning of several dogs. During the investigation the Deputies were alerted by the victim and a neighbor of two suspects in the thefts. Upon making contact with the suspects in this incident the male suspect attempted to flee the investigating deputies but was apprehended as he tried to hide in a shed. Deputies recovered stolen property including credit cards and jewelry and also methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. During the preliminary interviews it has been alleged that four canines at the two homes may have been poisoned to keep the dogs from alerting neighbors to the thefts. Currently Joel David Matson, 24 years of age, and Amy Louise Manka, 27 years of age, have been arrested. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are expected. Matson has been charged with Burglary, Larceny, Criminal Use of Personal Identification, and Possession of Methamphetamine. Manka has been charges with Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office received 950 calls for service including: 18 residential and business alarms; 12 assists to other agencies; 03 vehicle burglaries; 86 citizen contacts; 16 disturbances; 16 E-911 abandoned calls; 20 E-911 calls; 49 investigations; 159 medical emergencies; 255 business and residential security checks; 20 special details; 23 subpoena services; 13 suspicious vehicles; 03 traffic enforcements; 41 traffic stops; and 12 reckless vehicles.