Investigators with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office are investigating two purse snatchings that took place four days apart at the Silver Sands Premium Outlet Mall. The first incident occurred on Tuesday, October 15th and the second took place on Friday, October 18th. Both incidents occurred while the victims were eating and a male subject approached the area, grabbed the purse and ran off. In the second incident, the suspect is described as a tan male, wearing a light grey shirt, jeans, buzz cut hairstyle, dark eyebrows and looked to be in his late teens or early twenties. At this time, investigators are following all leads.
Anyone with any information regarding this incident and who wants to be eligible for a cash reward of UP TO $1,000 is asked to call Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 863-TIPS (8477), report anonymously online at www.emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com, text “TIP214 plus your tip” to 274637(CRIMES) or send a mobile tip using our new “Tipsubmit Mobile” application, which is a free download for iPhones, iPads, and Droids. (Text STOP to 274637 to cancel. Text HELP to 274637 for help. Msg&Data Rates May Apply.)
With the upcoming holiday season this is a prime time for crime. The Sheriff’s Office is asking citizens to please be vigilant, be aware of your surroundings and keep your personal belongings close to you. The following crime prevention tips are helpful for your personal safety:
· Park your car in a well-lit area and be aware of your surroundings.
- Carry only the credit cards you intend to use and avoid carrying large sums of money.
- Never leave packages or valuables in your vehicle that are visible.
- While out and about, present an alert appearance.
- There is safety in numbers……so shop with friends or relatives.
- Carry the day’s most expensive purchases closest to your body, and don’t carry so much you lose the ability to react quickly.
The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is proud to announce that Captain Audie Rowell has completed a one week course of study from the Southern Police Institute Chief Executive Leadership in Louisville, KY. The course covered topics ranging from Legal Issues in Law Enforcement, Importance of Conducting Effective Internal Investigations, Performance Evaluations – Why They’re Important, Leadership in the 21st Century, Managing Organizational Change, Dealing With Generational Issues, Mitigating Disasters, Effective Leadership Tools – Situational Leadership, Police Effectiveness: Community, Innovation and Technology, Budgetary Techniques and Marketing Your Department. Participants in the course were exposed to key elements necessary to be successful and the course exercises were interactive to draw upon the experience and expertise of the participants and instructors.
“Attending this training course is a testament of Sheriff Adkinson’s commitment to providing advanced education for agency members,” said Captain Rowell. “This course is a benefit to executive-level law enforcement officers and is designed to facilitate and encourage a positive, developmental, forward thinking role in leading our respective agencies.”
Captain Rowell graduated from 62nd class of the Southern Police Institute Command Officers Development Course in 2011.
Carey was adjudicated on 4/18/2006 for Computer/Electronic Pornography in Fayette County, GA. Carey’s new address is: 10005 W Emerald Coast Pkwy Lot #607, Miramar Beach, FL 32550.
Carey is a 49 year old white male, with gray hair and blue eyes, 6’03” and 205 lbs and wears glasses.
There are currently 141 registered sex offenders/predators living in Walton County.
The WCSO encourages families to visit www.flsexoffender.net to subscribe to receive e-mail alert notifications when registered sexual offenders or predators move into neighborhoods. WCSO also encourages citizens to use the neighborhood search feature prior to signing up for alerts to identify registered sexual offenders and predators currently living in neighborhoods.
The Walton County Sheriff’s Office and family members of “Helo” is continuing the search to find the person responsible for “Helo’s” death. Members of the Sheriff’s Office met with family members this morning whose dog was shot and killed in the Mossy Head area. On Wednesday, September 19th, horseback riders discovered the body of a dog in the woods near Richardson Road in Mossy Head. The dog was identified as a 2-year old Rottweiler named “Helo” who went missing from his home in Mossy Head on the morning of Thursday, September 12th. The Sheriff’s Office is tracking all leads at this time. “Helo” has over 6,500 followers on Facebook and one family member, Jessica Austin stated “The family wants to help as much as we can to help bring justice for Helo.” Over $12,000 has been offered as a reward by the Humane Society, ASPCA and through private donations.
Anyone with any information regarding this incident and who wants to be eligible for a cash reward of UP TO $1,000 is asked to call Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 863-TIPS (8477), report anonymously online at www.emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com , text “TIP214 plus your tip” to 274637(CRIMES) or send a mobile tip using our new “Tipsubmit Mobile” application, which is a free download for iPhones, iPads, and Droids. (Text STOP to 274637 to cancel. Text HELP to 274637 for help. Msg&Data Rates May Apply.)
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and to help ease the pain and emotional trauma of those who have been victims of crime, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office has a full time victim advocate. Beth Robertson has been with the Sheriff’s Office since December 2009 and her position is funded by the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA). Beth provides crisis intervention, emotional support, referrals and assistance with the criminal justice process. Beth can assist investigators as well as patrol deputies by providing support to the victim on-scene as well as following a traumatic event. She is familiar with other community assistance programs such as Shelter House and can refer victims to applicable resources after assessing their needs.
In 2012, the Sheriff’s Office received 514 domestic violence related calls for service, resulting in 194 individuals arrested. Beth provided assistance to 590 domestic violence victims. To date for 2013, the Sheriff’s Office has received 313 domestic violence related calls for service and 217 arrests have been made. This year, Beth has provided advocacy for 291 victims of domestic violence.
The Sheriff’s Office is an active member agency of the Okaloosa-Walton Domestic Violence Coordinating Council. The (OWDVCC) is a coordinated community response council which pulls together the many agencies and practitioners who respond to domestic violence cases in the Northwest Florida area. This council is a multidisciplinary effort formed to strengthen the links between individuals, agencies and general systems to include but are not limited to law enforcement, prosecution, the court system, victim advocacy, mental health, offender treatment, probation, health care and child protection. The council also has a Walton County Subcommittee which meets monthly to address issues specifically within our community.