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If you have any information about these crimes or any person(s) involved, you are urged to call Crime Stoppers at or submit a Web Tip .  You do not have to give your name.  CRIME STOPPERS will pay a cash reward of up to $1000 and you can remain anonymous. 


9/18/2011 - Info Sought in Robbery of Individual

Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers and the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office are asking for information about a reported robbery of an individual that occurred on Racetrack Road in Fort Walton Beach on September 18, 2011.

At approximately 6:20 a.m., the victim reported that he stopped at the AOC Bait Shop located at 306 NW Racetrack Road and was approached by a black male as he was leaving. The victim stated that the suspect struck him repeatedly in the head and demanded his wallet. The suspect then fled on foot in the area of the Capri Commons Mobile Home Park.

Suspect description:

  • Heavyset black male with short, cropped hair,approximately 5’9”. Suspect was wearing a striped yellow shirt and shorts.

Anybody with information about these robbery may contact the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office or may possibly become eligible for a cash reward of UP TO $1,000 by contacting Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 863-TIP (863-8477), or toll-free at 1-888-654-TIPS. Information can also be provided anonymously by texting “TIP214 plus the message” to CRIMES (274637). Anonymous tips can also be submitted on-line at www.emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com. Crime Stoppers callers are never required to reveal their identity nor testify in court. A code number system is used to pay cash rewards without compromising the tipster’s identity.

Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards of up to $1,000 for information that helps solve crimes, or leads to the location of wanted fugitives, illegal drugs, or recovery of stolen property. Crime Stoppers is a non-profit, community organization; it is not a government program or law enforcement agency, and no taxpayer dollars are used in its reward fund.

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9/14/2011 - Suspect Named in Destin Bank Robbery
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***SUSPECT ARRESTED!!***

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is seeking 21-year old Gavin Mitchell Forrest in connection with the armed robbery of the Hancock Bank on Emerald Coast Parkway in Destin Monday evening.

Forrest was captured on video surveillance around 4:45 p.m. Monday as he entered the bank and demanded money from a teller.

He was last seen heading west down a narrow alley on the west side of the building.

An intense search of the surrounding area was conducted and Forrest, whose last known address is 48 Court Drive in Destin, was soon developed as a suspect.

No one in the bank was injured.

Anyone with information on Forrest’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office at 850-651-7400 or Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 850-863-TIPS.

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8/31/2011 - Info Sought in Niceville Home Invasion Robbery

Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers and the Niceville Police Department are asking for the public`s assistance in a home invasion robbery investigation.

On August 31, 2011, three armed subjects, wearing blue bandannas, reportedly entered a residence on Cape Lane and two occupants were held at gunpoint. One victim was forced to lure other family members back to the residence. Approximately 2 hours later the other family members arrived and were reportedly robbed at gunpoint by the unknown suspects. The suspects stole a purse and vehicle then fled the area. No one was injured during the altercation. The stolen vehicle was recovered 09/07/2011 on Patti Cove in Niceville, approximately one mile from the incident location.

Suspect descriptions: All wore blue bandannas covering their faces.

1 white male, approximately 5`8"-5`9", dark shaggy hair, and wore flip flops.

1 black male, with an accent or speech impairment, approximately 6`0"- 6`1", had very dark complexion, short hair – like a fade.

1 hispanic or possibly light skin black male, approximately 5’6, had short hair, tribal tattoo on inside lower right arm and wore an orange hat.

Anyone with information about this crime should contact Dt. Rhonda Willis or Lt. Joe Whitfield at 850-729-4030 or contact Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers anonymously by calling 850-863-TIPS (8477) or by submitting a web tip at: www.emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com. If the tip results in an arrest, you may be eligible for a reward of UP TO $1,000.

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8/15/2011 - Info Sought in FWB Statue Theft
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Sometime between the close of business on Monday (08/15/2011) and early Tuesday morning (08/16/2011), some unknown person(s) took the statue of the children (cement foundation and all) from the City of Fort Walton Beach Heritage Park & Cultural Center.

ANYONE WITH INFORMATION WHO WANTS TO REMAIN ANONYMOUS AND BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CASH REWARD IS ASKED TO CALL EMERALD COAST CRIME STOPPERS AT 1-850-863-TIPS (8477) or toll-free at 1-888-654-TIPS. LOG ONTO www.emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com or text your info to CRIMES (274637) and put tip214 plus your message.

 



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8/1/2011 - Info Sought in Reported Shalimar Home Invasion Robbery

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a home invasion robbery that took place around 11 p.m. August 1st in Shalimar. No one was injured.

The victim at 10 Oak Lane says she was sleeping on her couch when she heard a knocked on the door. When she opened it, a man armed with a black handgun and wearing a black bandana over his face forced his way in and demanded money. Another man then entered and they took cash, a wallet, and a purse before running out and heading northbound on Oak Lane towards 8th Street.The first individual is described as a light-skinned black male. He was wearing a grey, hooded sweatshirt and dark shorts. The second individual is described as a dark-skinned black male wearing a black hooded sweat shirt and dark shorts.

Deputies quickly set up a perimeter in the area and called in a K-9 to try to establish a track but no suspects were located.

Anyone with information on the crime is asked to contact the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office at 850-651-7400 or Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 850-863-TIPS.

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7/7/2011 - Info Sought in Home Invasion Robbery

A Fort Walton Beach area woman says two men broke into her Cove Drive home early on the morning of July 7, 2011 and demanded money and jewelry at gunpoint.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office received the call of a home invasion robbery shortly before one a.m. at 548 Cove Drive.

Deborah Smith says she came out of her bathroom to find two men inside her house yelling for money and jewelry. One was armed with a silver handgun. According to Smith and other witnesses inside the house, the two robbers had items covering their faces. They left without taking any items and no one was hurt.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office at 850-651-7400 or Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 850-863-TIPS.

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6/18/2011 - Info Sought in Destin Grand Theft

Okaloosa County Sheriff`s Office Investigators are seeking information about a grand theft that occurred at the Regatta Bay Golf and Country Club located at 465 Regatta Bay Blvd. in Destin on June 18, 2011.  The manager reported thousands of dollars worth of golf bags and clubs missing from the owner’s storage room and there were no signs of forced entry.

ANYONE WITH INFORMATION WHO WANTS TO REMAIN ANONYMOUS AND BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CASH REWARD IS ASKED TO CALL EMERALD COAST CRIME STOPPERS AT 1-850-863-TIPS (8477) or toll-free at 1-888-654-TIPS. LOG ONTO www.emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com or text your info to CRIMES (274637) and put tip214 plus your message.

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5/17/2011 - Info Sought in Baker Business Burglaries

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View Surveillance Video of Suspect at Health Smart Pharmacy Attempted Burglary

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The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a series of break-ins and attempted break-ins in the Baker community  overnight on Monday, May 16th.

Cash was stolen from the Blooms over Baker Flower Shop on Highway 4 after the front door was pried open. Someone also pried open the front door at the Gator Café on Highway 4, but no money was taken from that site.

At the Country Girlz Hair Salon on Georgia Avenue, someone pried open the front window and ransacked the business. Nothing was reported stolen.  Baker Tire Service Center on Highway 4 was also targeted. Someone entered and ransacked the office, making off with cash. In addition, deputies were called to Baker’s Health Smart Pharmacy on Highway 189 for an attempted burglary.

Investigators working the cases ask anyone with information on the crimes to contact the Okaloosa Sheriff’s Office at 850-689-5705 or contact Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers anonymously at (850) 863-TIPS (8477) or toll-free at 1-888-654-TIPS (8477). Anonymous tips may also be submitted at www.emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com.


 

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4/16/2011 - Info Sought in Armed Robbery

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an armed robbery where the thief pistol-whipped the business manager before stealing the cash.

     Deputies responded to a hold-up alarm at the Pizza Hut Delivery store, 421 NE Racetrack Road, around 9:50 p.m. Friday, April 16th.

     The manager says a man armed with a black handgun came in and hit her with the gun before taking money and leaving. He was last seen walking towards Miler Street.

     He’s described as a skinny black male, about 18 to 25 years old, and 5’6” to 5’8” tall. He has short cropped black hair, possibly shaved on the sides. He had a dark do-rag over his face below the nose and wore a black, v-neck T-shirt with a possible design or logo on the front. He also had on dark navy jean shorts with gold stitching that extended below the knees, and embroidery on both back pockets with gold and white stitching.

     Anyone with information on the crime is asked to contact the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office at 850-651-7400 or Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 863-TIPS.

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2/8/2011 - Theft of Yard Ornament
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At approximately 2:40 a.m. on the morning of 02/08/2011, a gold lion yard ornament was stolen from a yard in Shalimar. The residents awoke when the motion lights were activated and observed an unknown male attempting to steal the second of two gold lion yard ornaments. The suspect left with one of the lions in what is described as a small, light colored, four-door sedan. The suspect was approximately 5`8" tall with and average build, unknown race. The stolen ornament is described as a hollow metal lion, painted gold, approximately 30" in height and weighs arounds 20 pounds. Anyone with information about this theft may contact Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at (850) 863-TIPS or toll free at 1-888-654-TIPS. Anonymous tips can also be submitted at www.emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com.

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