FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 24th, 2017
On August 15, 2017, patrol deputies of the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a burglary in progress at 28 Green Leaf Lane, Crawfordville, Florida, the residence of Michael Anthony Dunlap. Upon arrival, a complainant reported that Michael Dunlap had burglarized her camper trailer, stolen multiple items, and put them in his residence. Deputies went to Mr. Dunlap’s residence and obtained consent to search from a fellow resident of the home for the common areas of the residence. While inside Mr. Dunlap’s residence, patrol deputies observed numerous items which appeared to be stolen in the common areas of the house, including the complainant’s stolen property. Mr. Dunlap was arrested by patrol deputies and booked into the Wakulla County Jail. Mr. Dunlap was subsequently released on bond.
While still on scene, patrol deputies notified the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) and Detectives from the Property Crimes Unit responded to Mr. Dunlap’s residence. Upon arrival, Detectives noted Coca Cola memorabilia in the dining room, which were consistent with items reported stolen during a recent residential burglary of a residence on Emmett Whaley Road. On August 15, 2017, Detectives obtained a search warrant to search Mr. Dunlap’s entire residence, which was executed that same date. During the search of the residence, numerous high-end antiques, designer purses, Ducks Unlimited memorabilia, tools, neon beer signs, and bottles of alcohol were observed. The items appeared to be out of place, and were believed to be stolen, but since there was no direct nexus to a crime, the items were left at the residence. Other items were located which were known to have been stolen during four recent residential burglaries, including, but not limited to antiques, Coca Cola memorabilia, china, 14 firearms, and jewelry. The stolen items were seized and transported to the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office Property and Evidence vault.
On August 17, 2017, while conducting an unrelated investigation, Detectives discovered an unreported residential burglary which had occurred at Mashes Sands. During a walk-through of the burglarized residence, it was noted that the residence appeared to have been ransacked, and was in disarray. Numerous items, including Duck’s Unlimited memorabilia, neon beer signs antique dishes, empty alcohol boxes and designer purses were strewn about the residence. Contact was made with the home owner who confirmed a burglary had occurred at her residence. The home owner stated she had previously owned a liquor store; and had numerous antique liquor bottles, and approximately 150 neon and liquor signs inside the residence. The home owner also stated there were numerous firearms located throughout the residence, and a number of designer purses; of which she was able to provide descriptions. Additionally, the home owner was able to describe a stolen specialty liquor bottle in the shape of a shot gun. Those items were consistent with items observed during the execution of the search warrant at Mr. Dunlap’s residence two days before.
On August 22, 2017, Detectives obtained a second search warrant for Mr. Dunlap’s residence, which was executed that same date. During the search, four additional truckloads of stolen items were seized and transported to the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office Property and Evidence vault.
The stolen items seized from Mr. Dunlap’s residence during both search warrant executions are believed to have an aggregate value of approximately $100,000 dollars. The items will be processed and returned to the rightful owners.
Arrest warrants have been issued for Michael Anthony Dunlap charging him with three counts of Burglary and three counts of Grand Theft.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Michael Anthony Dunlap is requested to contact Detective Scott Powell or Detective Travis Hall at 850-745-7100. The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office thanks you in advance for your assistance in this matter.
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