Sheriff’s Report July 7 through July 14, 2016
On July 7th Pam Chichester reported a criminal mischief at her Wakulla Arran Road residence. Mrs. Chichester stated that during the night she heard a boom but upon looking throughout the yard did not see anything out of place. During the morning she found that their mailbox had been damaged. Deputy Ross Hasty was shown the remnants of fireworks thought to be a mortar that had been placed in the mailbox. The cost to replace the mailbox is estimated at $200.00.
On July 8th Deputy Ethan Ard met with Matthew Trenary in regards to the theft of a trailer tag. Mr. Trenary reported that the trailer the tag is on is rarely used and he discovered the tag missing on July 3rd. No suspect information is known. The tag number was entered NCIC as stolen.
On July 8th Deputy Steven Miller met with Heather Lane at her home on Wakulla Arran Road in regards to the theft of her cellular phone. Ms. Lane explained that she was at Walmart and during her shopping realized she had sat her phone down somewhere. She has attempted to call the phone but no one answers. The phone is valued at approximately $135.00.
On July 8th Adrian Reese reported the theft of electronics from his mother’s residence. Two suspects have been identified that had been allowed to stay at the home since they had no other place to go. Since they have left the home Reese went to check on the home and realized that items were missing. The estimated cost to replace the items stolen is approximately $1,100.00. The investigation is being forwarded to the Criminal Investigations Division.
On July 8th Henry Hines of Joe Mack Smith Road reported a fraud. Mr. Hines attempted to have cable installed at his home and upon contacting the cable company he was advised that he had a $600.00 bill outstanding. Upon reviewing the account there was information that indicated a previous acquaintance as the suspect. The outstanding account was in Crestview, Florida. The case was documented and will be forwarded to the appropriate jurisdiction. Deputy Ashton Lesane investigated.
On July 9th James Sanders of PA Sanders Road reported the theft of a Yamaha boat motor. It is thought that the motor was removed from the boat overnight. The motor is valued at approximately $3,000.00. The investigation is being forwarded to the Criminal Investigation Division.
On July 9th Jay Sykes reported the burglary to his beach house on Shoreline Drive. Mr. Sykes explained that he hasn’t been at the home for several weeks. Upon arriving this date he found fishing supplies and personal items missing. Replacement is estimated at approximately $1,100.00.
On July 9th Deputy Ashton Lesane responded to Walmart in regards to a retail theft. Upon arrival Deputy Lesane met with Asset Protection agents who had detained Joseph Miller and Devan Morgan. Asset Protection had watched the two take items from the electronics section from the packaging and conceal the items. They then walked past the last point of sale without paying for the items. The items recovered totalled approximately $84.64. Both subjects were arrested and transported to the county jail without incident.
On July 10th Deputy Kerby Matheus made a traffic stop on a vehicle on Bloxham Cutoff Road near the Crawfordville Highway intersection for excessive speed. The driver, Matthew Thrash was arrested on an outstanding Leon County warrant. Thrash was also issued citations for excessive speed and driving with an expired driver’s license. When removing Thrash from the car the deputy observed a marijuana leaf on the seat of the car. A subsequent search of the car located three marijuana pipes, a grinder, and 3.5 grams of marijuana. During interviews it was learned that Thrash had been dropped off at a residence by a third party with the intent of driving the passenger in the car home. Jessalyn Roche, the passenger during the traffic stop, was determined to be the normal and primary operator of the vehicle. She was arrested for possession of marijuana less than twenty grams and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both persons were transported to the county jail. The vehicle was towed from the location of the traffic stop.
On July 11th Deputies were dispatched to a residence on Frank Smith Road in regards to a disturbance. Upon arrival it was learned that Mary Walton had been in the yard talking with her ex-boyfriend, Eric Webb when her current boyfriend, Robert Larson exited the home and began striking the vehicle Webb had arrived in with a bat. As this occurred Walton was struck with a glancing blow as the bat bounced off the vehicle. Contact was made with the owner of the vehicle who was out of town. The owner of the vehicle wished to pursue criminal charges and Larson was arrested. Walton declined prosecution as there was no intent to harm her. Larson was transported to the county jail charged with felony criminal mischief. During the investigation it was found that there is an active injunction for protection between Webb and Walton. The court order states that Webb is to have no contact with Walton. Eric Webb was therefore arrested with violating the injunction for protection. Also, Webb was found to have an active warrant for the charges of burglary, larceny, and dealing in stolen property. The warrant was served upon arrival at the county jail.
On July 11 Deputy Jenna Beceriklier responded to a residence on Juniper Drive in regards to a structure fire. Upon arrival Fire/Rescue was on scene extinguishing the fire. The complainant, Valerie Blazey stated that she had been away from the home and upon returning she saw smoke coming from the garage. She called 911 and moved vehicles away from the home. Fire/Rescue personnel stated that the fire appeared to be electrical in nature and in the area of the laundry room.
On July 12 Deputies Ross Hasty and Ward Kromer investigated a second burglary at the residence of Sherry Olsen on Park Avenue in Sopchoppy. As with the previous burglary on July 7th, caretaker James Arnett called the Sheriff’s Office to report the burglary of a shed on the property. When deputies arrived it was learned that a golf cart valued at $1,200.00 had been removed from the shed. The deputies searched the adjacent properties and recovered the golf cart in the woods nearby. While processing the scene a passerby stopped and stated that they had seen a white male juvenile pushing a golf cart. The passerby was shown photographs of the two juveniles previously arrested for the July 7th burglary. One of the two juveniles was identified as the subject seen pushing a golf cart. Deputies were able to locate that juvenile in the area and upon being questioned he initially tried to say that he was given the golf cart by another juvenile. Additional smaller items were recovered from the juvenile that had also been taken from the shed and had not been noticed by the caretaker. The juvenile was arrested again and charged with burglary, grand theft and criminal mischief. He was transported to the county jail without incident.
On July 13th Deputy Kyle Hanks met with Daniel DeValle at McDonald’s in Crawfordville in regards to the theft of two bicycles. According to DeValle, he and a friend left their bikes at McDonald’s while they went to another business with a third party. He states they were gone for about thirty minutes. When they returned the bikes were gone. No witnesses were located. The bikes are described as an orange bike and a black Mongoose brand bike which has four inch wide tires. Each bicycle is valued at approximately $50.00.
On July 13th Deputy Kyle Hanks responded to Walmart in regards to a retail theft. Upon arrival Asset Protection members had detained Verdell Robinson of Tallahassee, Florida. Video Surveillance showed that Robinson failed to scan $79.58 worth of merchandise as he used the self-checkout. He was arrested and transported to the county jail.
On July 14th Deputy Ashton Lesane met with Lorraine Lambou at Walmart after her purse was stolen. According to Mrs. Lambou she forgot her purse in her cart when she loaded her merchandise. She realized the purse was missing and returned to the store. She was unable to locate the purse and one had not been turned over to the store as found property. A check of the camera system found that a female later identified as Leslie Highsmith took the purse and left the store. Deputy Lesane canvassed the area and located Highsmith as a passenger in a car in a nearby neighborhood. Highsmith’s excuse for taking the purse and not turning it in was that she didn’t want to be accused of stealing the purse therefore she hid it and was going to turn it in to the Sheriff’s Office later. Highsmith took Deputy Lesane to the purse which was hid in the yard of a residence on Elizabeth Street. Upon inspection the victim was only missing cash from the purse. Highsmith was arrested and transported to the county jail.
The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office received 958 calls for service including: 16 residential and business alarms; 10 assists to other agencies. 01 vehicle burglaries; 54 citizen contacts; 22 disturbances; 28 E-911 abandoned calls; 31 E-911 calls; 52 investigations; 125 medical emergencies; 100 business security checks; 161 residential security checks; 23 special details; 42 subpoena services; 05 suspicious vehicles; 11 traffic enforcements; 45 traffic stops; and 13 reckless vehicles.