Thefts and burglaries by the two 18-year-olds from Woodlands, Texas, stretched from Walton County to Panama City Beach.
SANTA ROSA BEACH — Two teenagers who drove from Woodlands, Texas, to Walton County are behind bars following a multi-day crime spree that began early Monday.
At 6 a.m. Wednesday multiple residents in the Nature Walk subdivision in Seagrove Beach reported their cars had been burglarized and items missing. A model home in the community also had been vandalized, according to the Walton County Sheriff's Office.
While canvassing the area, deputies found burned AAA papers in front of 27 Cinnamon Fern Lane near one of the victim’s properties. Also located at the rear of the home was a golf club head cover identified by a victim as possibly his.
Parked in the driveway behind the home was a vehicle with damage to the left rear fender. The vehicle matched the plate and description of a car involved in a hit-and-run on Interstate 10 early Monday.
Mark Billiot, 18, and Donovan Estrada, 18, were detained at the home. They admitted to the burglaries during interviews, the Sheriff's Office reported.
Further investigation revealed the teens had used Snapchat, a video and photo-sharing social media application, to highlight their activity in Walton County. In the videos, Billiot and Estrada show off multiple pairs of Ray-Ban sunglasses, which they claim to have purchased while in Panama City Beach. However, a Sheriff’s Office crime analyst discovered the same sunglasses had been stolen by suspects matching the descriptions of Billiot and Estrada from Sunglass Hut at Pier Park in Panama City Beach. Panama City Beach police were contacted and are following up on the case.
“These two were arrested within hours of the initial call,” Sheriff Michael Adkinson said. “That’s great police work.”
Billiot and Estrada were charged with burglary, multiple counts of vehicle burglary, criminal mischief over $1,000 and grand theft, according to the Sheriff's Office. More charges are possible.