A report of a boat fire led to the arrest of two juveniles after deputies say they were able to link them to nine reported car burglaries and two stolen firearms.
The Walton County Sheriff’s Office said just before 6 a.m. on Saturday deputies were called to a report of a boat fire on Trae Lane.
While en route, a resident living off of Dalton Drive called to report two juveniles were caught on his home surveillance camera around 4 a.m. with flashlights hiding under his house.
While canvassing the area, deputies noticed two juveniles riding bikes and tried to make contact. Deputies say the two ran and ditched their bikes before heading into the woods.
The sheriff’s office said 17-year-old Jamal Jackson was eventually caught after a short foot pursuit. He told deputies the second suspect was 17-year-old Anthony Dobbs.
Deputies say they were led to the area of Spartina Circle in Watercolor where Dobbs was staying.
Shortly after the sheriff’s office arrived a van pulled up driven by Dobbs’ mother with him inside. Deputies said 19-year-old Johnathan Russell was also inside the van.
Russell was wanted on an outstanding warrant out of Okaloosa County. He was taken into custody along with Dobbs.
The sheriff’s office said the juveniles committed the nine car burglaries reported in the areas of Eastern Lake, Seagrove, Lakewood Drive and Watercolor overnight. Multiple items were stolen including two weapons, which were later recovered.
Deputies say all of the vehicles were left unlocked.
Jackson and Dobbs are being charged with multiple counts of armed burglary, burglary, grand theft of a firearm, and petit theft. Jackson is also being charged with arson.