Sheriff’s Report May 6 through May 12, 2016
On May 6th, Lt. Mike Kemp responded to the residence of Wilma Grimes in Lake Ellen Shores in regards to the vandalism of her mailbox. It was observed that the mailbox had been pulled up and thrown down causing damage. The estimated replacement cost is $50. No suspects have been identified at this time. An area check was set for the address.
On May 6th, Deputy Yarbrough met with Michelle McDaniel in regards to suspicious activity on her credit card. According to Mrs. McDaniel she was having issues using her card and upon contacting her bank it was found that there were five unauthorized transactions totaling $170. The activity was in the Delray Beach, Florida area. Mrs. McDaniel is working with the bank to attempt and identify suspects.
On May 6th, Lt. J. Sessor and Deputy Jenna Beceriklier responded to the residence of April Turner in the Farm Subdivision in regards to the theft of prescription medications. According to Mrs. Turner she had a vendor doing work in her home earlier in the week and this might be when the medications went missing.
On May 6th, Lt. Maxwell Jansen and Detention Deputy Jeff Carroll investigated a felony vandalism inside the county jail. According to incident reports, two juveniles being housed separated from adults, damaged the fire suppression system which in turn caused water damage to the contents of the cell and the video visitation system. Charges are pending as estimates for repairs haven’t been completed.
On May 7th, Kenneth Faircloth of Springwood Subdivision reported the theft of approximately $660 worth of miscellaneous sporting goods from his porch and yard. Additionally, approximately $600 worth of damage was reported to his work truck. Mr. Faircloth described a disturbance that he was involved in earlier in the week in another jurisdiction. It is thought that the theft and vandalism may be related. A suspect has been identified.
On May 8th, Deputy Ross Hasty responded to the Wakulla Correctional Institute in regards to an attempt to bring contraband into the facility. Staff at the prison conduct searches of all personnel that enter the facility. During the normal search process, Anthony Lanier who works in food service was found to possess a cellular phone that he was trying to hide on his person to take into the prison. When Lanier was questioned he admitted the phone was for a prisoner. Lanier was arrested on scene and transported without incident to the county jail.
On May 9th, Deputy Alan Middlebrooks and Deputy Kenneth Miller responded to a residence on Woodlake Road in regards to a suspicious male subject that was pulling on doors to homes. Michael Johnston was arrested when he was found to have active warrants from Jefferson County for Violation of Probation the original charge being Possession of Cocaine. Johnston relayed to deputies that he had been in the forest for two days after getting his truck stuck. He stated that he was trying to find water and food. Johnston admitted that he travelled the back roads because he knew he had active warrants. Johnston was transported to the county jail on the active warrant and checked by medical staff.
On May 9th Kenneth Strickland met with Deputy Middlebrooks at the Sheriff’s Office to report the theft and passing of several checks from his band account. Mr. Strickland stated that he had found where one check had been passed in St. Cloud, Minnesota over the weekend in the amount of $900. The case is being forwarded to the Criminal Investigations Division.
On May 9th Gregory Richards reported to a vandalism to his vehicle. Mr. Richards reported that he had two tires damaged on his vehicle and thought that the damage occurred at McDonald’s in Crawfordville. A request for surveillance video will be made. A suspect has been identified. Deputy Vicki Mitchell and Deputy Matheus investigated.
On May 10th Deputy Vicki Mitchell was flagged down by Hubert Stephens of Panacea in regards to a theft at the Panacea Park Baptist Church. According to Mr. Stephens he checks on the church regularly and today he noted that a go cart owned by the pastor was missing. The go cart was kept in a fenced area behind the church. During the investigation two suspects were identified by residents in the neighborhood. At this time the go cart is still missing. It is valued at $1200.
On May 10th Bryan Shoemaker reported the theft of a leaf blower and children’s play mats. The victims stated that they had items outside in the front yard for a yard sale and found these items missing. The victim named two persons of interest that had been in the area looking at the items. The total estimated cost of the items stolen is over $300. Deputy Ethan Ard investigated.
On May 11 Sgt. Jeremy Johnston responded to Walmart in regards to a retail theft. Upon meeting the complainant, Loss Prevention Officer Gardy Gisme, it was learned that Donald Wayne Tointigh, 22 years of age, had attempted to leave the store without paying for items totaling $55.69. Video was collected which showed Tointigh concealing batteries, fireworks, pizza, and a fan on his person. He then attempted to leave the store without paying. Tointigh was arrested and transported to the county jail without further incident.
On May 11th Robert Seber of Beechwood Drive reported a theft at a home under construction. Mr. Seber explained that previously the WCSO had apprehended suspects stealing property from the site and since then he has had no further incidents until this date. Upon arriving at the home he noted that some items had been moved around and then realized that a pair of binoculars valued at $100 were missing. An area check was set for the address and the case is being turned over to the Criminal Investigations Division. Deputy Ross Hasty investigated.
On May 11th Lashay Webster reported that her car tag was lost or stolen. No suspects have been identified. The tag has been entered NCIC as stolen/lost. Deputy Taylor Saladin investigated.
On May 12th Deputy Anthony Paul attempted to stop a car on Spring Creek Highway for an expired tag. The vehicle refused to stop but dropped its speed to 30 miles per hour or less until it arrived at a home in the Wakulla Gardens Subdivision. Upon making contact with the driver, Jay Cole, it was learned that his driver’s license was suspended for the third time and he had an active warrant from Leon County for failure to appear in regards to a criminal mischief. Cole was arrested and upon a search of the vehicle a loaded, un-holstered, pistol was found under the driver’s seat. Cole was transported to the county jail and upon intake a small baggie of marijuana was found in his pocket. Cole was charged with driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license, introduction of contraband into the county jail, possession of a concealed firearm, and a hold placed in regards to the out of county warrant.
On May 12 Deputy Ward Kromer met with Michele Roddy at a residence on Alverson Way in regards to a theft of fuel from two vehicles. According to the complainant the vehicles had been fueled earlier in the week but upon using them the fuel light came on. No damage was found to either vehicle.
On May 12 Deputy Jeff Yarbrough and Deputy Ross Hasty went to a residence on Allen Harvey Street to attempt and arrest Jessie Vautier on outstanding warrants from Lee County, Florida. Vautier fled out the back door of the home and at one point jumped a fence in an attempt to get away from the deputies. He was eventually caught on the street in front of the home. An additional charge of Obstructing Justice was made and Vautier was transported to the county jail without further incident.
On May 12 Ashlee Dunn reported the theft of fishing poles from her yard on Haidi Trail. According to the victim her neighbors saw the suspect when the theft occurred and told her when she returned home. At this time it is unknown exactly what was taken. An inventory of items will be made. The investigation is being forwarded to the Criminal Investigations Division. Deputy Taylor Saladin investigated.
The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office received 1124 calls for service including: 14 residential and business alarms; 11 assists to other agencies. 02 vehicle burglaries; 57 citizen contacts; 14 disturbances; 29 E-911 abandoned cell calls; 33 E-911 calls; 39 investigations; 129 medical emergencies; 315 business and residential security checks; 39 special details; 29 subpoena services; 11 suspicious vehicles; 15 traffic enforcements; 95 traffic stops; and 16 reckless vehicles.