DEFUNIAK SPRINGS — Seven suspects are responsible for more than 50 car burglaries in Walton County, which included the theft of five handguns from unlocked vehicles.
Six arrests have been made regarding 49 vehicle burglaries that occurred between August and September of this year. One additional suspect has been identified as Elden Boksila, a 14-year-old who left the country before investigators could reach him for questioning.
Of the seven suspects identified, three are juveniles. The suspects are: Tyjuan James Lee, 18, Santa Rosa Beach; Jonathon Russell, 19, Fort Walton Beach; Felipe Da Silva Piraja, 24, Freeport; Devon Welch, 18, Santa Rosa Beach; Anthony Dobbs, 17, Santa Rosa Beach; Jamal Jackson, 17, Fort Walton Beach; and (Active Warrants) Elden Boksila, 14, Destin.
In these cases, five handguns were stolen and three have been recovered. In addition, a firearm stolen out of Niceville was also recovered.
“These kids are breaking into cars to find cash and guns,” said Sheriff Michael Adkinson. “And they’re finding them in unlocked vehicles.”
Charges stemming from these cases include armed burglary, unarmed burglary, grand theft, arson and petit theft.
The Walton County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the public to lock their vehicles and take their belongings out of their car to prevent becoming a victim of these crimes.