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If you have information about any of the cases listed below please call Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 863-TIPS of 1-888-654-TIPS or send a web tip.


5/22/2017 - OCSO Trying to Identify Vet Clinic Burglar

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The Okaloosa County Sheriff`s Office is trying to identify the man in this video who burglarized Friendship Veterinary Hospital located on N. Beal Parkway in FWB on 05/22/2017 around 3:30 AM. Anyone with information can contact Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers anonymously at (850) 863-TIPS, at www.emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com or submit a tip via the P3 Mobile App.

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5/7/2017 - OCSO Seeking Vehicle Information in Pedestrian Involved Crash

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is looking for additional information in an accident that took place near the intersection of Highway 98 and Palmetto Drive in Destin around 3:45 a.m. May 7th.

Deputies initially believed the injuries suffered by 22 year old Tyler Ponthieux of Dryprong Louisiana occurred after he tripped and fell on Highway 98. He had abrasions, road rash, and a head injury. He is currently being treated at UAB Hospital (University of Alabama at Birmingham).

A "witness" had told deputies on the scene that he saw the victim fall and hit his head and did not see him get hit by any vehicle. He also added that Ponthieux hit the pavement hard. The original response was closed out as a medical call, not a traffic crash.

However, the OCSO later learned that the physician who treated Ponthieux said his head injuries would not have come from someone tripping and falling to the ground.

Based upon statements by doctors as well as other evidence obtained, deputies now have reason to believe Ponthieux was struck by a vehicle.

Anyone with information on the incident or the identity of the driver is asked to call the OCSO at 850-651-7400 or Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 850-863-TIPS, emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com, or by using the P3 Tips Mobile application.

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4/29/2017 - Defuniak Spring Police Attempting to Identify Retail Thief
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DeFuniak Springs Police are searching for a suspect who took numerous items from Walgreens on April 29th. The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 6 feet tall, in his late 40s to early 50s. He has tattoos on both arms and his right hand is severed at the wrist. The suspect left the parking lot in an older model Toyota Camry. Anyone with information on this subject is requested to contact DeFuniak Springs Police at 850-892-8513 or contact Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers anonymously at (850) 863-TIPS, at www.emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com or submit a tip via the P3 Mobile App.

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4/29/2017 - WCSO Searching for Jewelry Store Burglars
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Walton County Sheriff`s Office deputies responded to 12889 U.S. Highway 98 W just before 11 p.m. Saturday following a 911 call from the store’s owner. The caller said he fired and unknown number of shots and may have hit one of the suspects before they both fled the scene on foot.

 

The incident was captured on surveillance video and the suspects were wearing black masks and hoodies. The videos showed two suspects breaking in the door and entering; one to the left and one to the right. They break the display cases using a hammer and the other with a crowbar. While they begin to take jewelry out of the cases the victim comes around the corner firing an unknown amount of shots.

 

As one subject exits the store, he drops or throws the pillowcase with the items he attempted to steal to the left of the door.  You can hear him say something as he exits. He is then seen hobbling as he runs away and falls again in the parking lot.  It is unknown at this time if he was shot or not.

 

The suspects are described as two white males, approximately 5 feet 9 inches tall. One may have sustained an injury from the incident and could be limping. If you have any information about this case you are asked to call the Walton County Sheriff’s Office at (850)-892-8111 or Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers anonymously at (850) 863-TIPS, at www.emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com or submit a tip via the P3 Mobile App.

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4/7/2017 - OCSOTrying to Identify Battery & Attempted Carjacking Suspect
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Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Deputies are looking for the public’s assistance in their efforts to identify a man who battered a woman in the parking lot of Santa Rosa Mall during an attempted carjacking April 7th.

Deputies were called to the mall around 10:30 a.m. and made contact with the 44 year old woman and her mother. The victims say they arrived at the mall and parked at the Food Court entrance. When the daughter, who was a passenger in the front seat, opened her door she says a white male in his forties rushed over with his hand up his shirt as if holding a weapon. He had navy colored underwear on his head. He stated three times to "get in the car." The woman refused and pushed him away. She says he then grabbed her and pulled her out. He got into the car and started yelling at the woman’s 82-year old mother, who was still in the driver’s seat. The daughter immediately ripped at the suspect’s clothes, neck, and arms to get him away from her mom. She says she pulled him out of the car and began hitting him, yelling to attract attention. The man ran from the scene towards Ruby Circle.

On May 23rd, OCSO investigators worked with the victim to create a sketch of the suspect. The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is now seeking the public`s assistance in attempts to identify the individual. The victim also stated the suspect, who is about 5’9" tall, lost his shirt during the struggle and she noticed multiple freckles or liver spots on his arms and back, as well as the back of his head, but not on his face. She believes the male is of Irish descent.

If you have any information about the identity of the person in the sketch please contact Investigator Steve Weyer Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office at 850-609-2021 or Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 850-863-TIPS, EmeraldCoastCrimeStoppers.com, or by using the P3 Mobile Tips application.

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2/7/2017 - Thieves Target Niceville Antique StoreSOLVED
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A Niceville area business where antique dealers rent out floor space to individual dealers was targeted by thieves February 7th. The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office responded to Lily Pads on 4650 East State Road 20 around 8 a.m. Tuesday morning. An employee found several empty cases which had contained jewelry and evidence of disturbed offices. Victims are working to determine exactly what was taken, but initial reports indicate a large amount of high value items appear to be missing. OCSO Investigators are working the crime and asking anyone with information on the burglary to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 860-651-7400 or Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 850-863-TIPS, emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com, or by using the P3 Tips Mobile application.

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1/31/2017 - OCSO Searching for FWB Waffle House Robbery Suspect
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A man brandishing a gun held up the Waffle House at 460 Racetrack Road near Fort Walton Beach just before 5 a.m. on 01/31/2017 before running out the door and heading north.

The clerk says the man, wearing sunglasses and dressed all in black with a white shirt tied around this face, appeared to be a white male. She says he was about 5?6? tall with a stocky build.

Deputies with the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office and a K9 Unit responded and an active investigation is underway.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the OCSO at 850-651-7400 or Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 850-863-TIPS, emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com, or by using the P3 Tips Mobile application.

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1/19/2017 - OCSO Trying to Idenfify Armed Robbery Suspect
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A convenience store clerk confronted by the terrifying scene of a man dressed in dark clothes and armed with a handgun locked herself in the bathroom to get away from him during an armed robbery attempt.

The victim says the man pointed the gun at her around 5:30 AM January 19th when she was coming out of the restroom while working at the AOC Food Mart at 306 Racetrack Road in Fort Walton Beach.

She immediately slammed the door shut, locked it, and called 9-1-1.

The thief tried to get into the cash register but was unsuccessful.

Anyone with information on the attempted hold-up is asked to contact the OCSO at 850-651-7400 or Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 850-863-TIPS, emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com, or via mobile tip using the P3 Tips Mobile Application. 

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1/3/2017 - OCSO Searching for FWB Armed Robber
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The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is looking for an armed robber after responding to a 9-1-1 call from a Racetrack Road business around 6:45 p.m. on 01/03/2017. 

The AOC Food Mart and Texaco station at 306 Racetrack Road near Fort Walton Beach was held up by a short black male, weighing approximately 145 pounds, and dressed in black with a hoodie, ski mask, and gloves.

The clerk says the robber brandished a weapon and took cash before leaving on foot. OCSO K9 units and deputies have been searching the area.

Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to contact the OCSO at 850-651-7400 or Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 850-863-TIPS.

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12/29/2016 - Additional $5,000 Reward Offered for Information in Threat Investigation (07/25/2016)

In addition to a reward being offered by Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers, an additional $5,000 reward is being offered by a private citizen through Crime Stoppers for information that leads to the arrest of the person(s) who sent a threatening letter to a Destin Councilwoman regarding her 10-year old daughter back in July. Destin Councilwoman Prebble Ramswell received a letter in the mail that instructed her to resign her position on the City Council by August 1st and if she did not, her daughter would be `gone.` Anyone with information about this case can contact Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers anonymously at (850) 863-TIPS, at www.emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com or submit a tip via the P3 Mobile App.

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12/18/2016 - Crestview PD Searching for Burglary Suspects
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The Crestview Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying two males who entered the Lewis Diamond Gallery on 12/18/2016 at approximately 11:05 pm. The suspects forced their way into the business causing damage to several display cases and stealing numerous items. Anyone with information is asked to contact Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers anonymously at 850-863-8477 or tyou can contact the Crestview Police Department Criminal Investigations Division, Investigator Garrett, at 850-682-3544.

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12/12/2016 - Crestivew PD Trying to Identify Robbery Suspect
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On December 12, 2016 at approximately 6:43 p.m., this black male robbed the Tom Thumb Store located at 5150 S. Ferdon Boulevard. The suspect is a light skinned black male, between 5`6" and 5`8" tall and was wearing a camouflage hat, black t-shirt, camouflage pants, black sliders, a red bandanna and was armed with a handgun. Anyone with information can contact Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers anonymously at (850) 863-TIPS, at www.emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com or submit a tip via the P3 Mobile App.

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12/8/2016 - Additional $5,000 Reward Offered for Arrest in Beach Umbrella Theft (06/19/2016)
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In addition to a reward being offered by Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers, and additional $5,000 reward is being offered by the East Pass Investors through Crime Stoppers for information that leads to the arrest of the person(s) who stole nearly $10,000 dollars` worth of beach umbrellas from beach boxes located near O’Steen Beach Access off Gulf Shore Drive in Destin on the night of 06/19/2016 and threw a portion of them in...to a nearby pond.
An employee of the Emerald Grande says he arrived at work around 8:15 Monday morning (06/20/2016) and noticed some of the beach boxes open. He spotted ten umbrellas in the water and says another approximately eighty umbrellas were missing.
The beach boxes are about 100 yards from the East Pass shoreline. The stolen umbrellas have seven foot wooden poles and a six foot in diameter blue canvas with “Emerald Grande” printed on them.
Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies found four of them in a nearby pond and one in the pond’s weeds. Another five were found in sand dunes near the west end of the pond.
Anyone with information on the burglary is asked to contact the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office at 850-651-7400 – or Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 850-863-TIPS,
emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com, or submit a tip via the P3 Mobile App.
 

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11/25/2016 - WCSO Attempting to Identify Pair Using Stolen Gift Card
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The Walton County Sheriff`s Office needs help identifying this pair that used a gift card that was stolen during a vehicle burglary on Montgomery Street in Santa Rosa Beach on 11/25/2016. The victim advised several items, along with a Walmart gift card, had been removed from the vehicle. The following day, the gift card was used at Walmart in Callaway Florida. The video shows the pictured male and female making a purchase using the gift card. The male subject is described as a heavy set white male with glasses, dark or brown hair, and a beard. The female subject is described as a white female, with dark or brown hair. Anyone with information can contact Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers anonymously at (850) 863-TIPS, at www.emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com or submit a tip via the P3 Mobile App.

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10/27/2016 - OCSO Investigating Mary Esther Bank Robbery
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Surveillance cameras captured video of the suspect in the October 27, 2016 robbery of the Wells Fargo Bank, 101 Mary Esther Boulevard.
Investigators with the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office say the tall, skinny black male came into the bank around 1 p.m., passed the teller a threatening note, and then left with cash. Witnesses saw the man drive off in a sedan. He was wearing a blue t-shirt, jeans, sunglasses, and a Michael Jordan black hat
with a red brim. The teller says his long dreadlocks appeared to be fake.
OCSO Investigators are working with their counterparts at other agencies to determine if the same individual could be involved in recent bank robberies in Northwest Florida, including the September 19th hold-up of the Hancock Bank in Destin.
Anyone with information on the bank robbery is asked to contact the OCSO at 850-651-7400 or Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-850-863-TIPS,
emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com, or by placing a mobile tip using the P3 Tips Mobile applications.

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