Two teenagers linked to nine reported car burglaries and two stolen firearms by Walton County Sheriff’s Office.
SANTA ROSA BEACH — A report of a boat fire has led to the arrest of two teenagers after Walton County Sheriff’s Office deputies linked them to nine reported car burglaries and two stolen firearms.
Just before 6 a.m. Saturday, WCSO deputies were called to a report of a boat fire on Trae Lane. While en route, a resident living off Dalton Drive called to report two juveniles were shown on his home surveillance camera around 4 a.m. with flashlights hiding under his house.
While canvassing the neighborhood, deputies noticed two teenagers — Jamal Jackson and Anthony Dobbs, both 17 years old — riding bikes. They fled before deputies could make contact, ditching the bikes and running into the woods.
Jackson was eventually caught after a short foot pursuit. He later identified the second subject as Dobbs.
Deputies were led to the area of Spartina Circle in WaterColor where Dobbs was staying. A van pulled up driven by his mother with Dobbs inside. Also in the vehicle was 19-year-old Jonathan Russell. Inside the residence was 55-year-old Charles Dailey. Both Dailey and Russell were wanted on outstanding warrants out of Okaloosa County. They were taken into custody along with Dobbs.
Nine car burglaries were reported in the areas of Eastern Lake, Seagrove, Lakewood Drive and WaterColor overnight Friday. Multiple items were stolen including two handguns, which were later recovered. All the vehicles were left unlocked.
Jackson and Dobbs are being charged with multiple counts of armed burglary, burglary, grand theft of a firearm, grand theft and petit theft. Jackson also is being charged with arson in the boat fire.
WCSO noted in a news release that the investigation is ongoing and more charges are expected.