SANTA ROSA BEACH – A teenager was arrested on Wednesday in connection with a spate of car burglaries that began in late August in Sandestin, Seagrove and West Hewitt Road,

The information given to authorities by victims and witnesses led to the arrest of 18-year-old Devan Raeshown Welch who admitted he was involved in a number of burglaries on Birch Street, West Hewitt Road, and in the Seagrove area.

He denied involvement in the Sandestin burglaries but said he knew of their occurrence. 

Welch was arrested and booked on Sept. 6 on a number of charges, including:


11 counts petit theft
20 counts unarmed burglary
3 counts armed burglary
3 counts grand theft of a firearm
2 counts grand theft

Welch is currently in the Walton County Jail where he is being held on a $50,000 bond. The investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are expected.