DEFUNIAK SPRINGS — An investigation that began with the Sept. 16 arrest of DeFuniak Springs resident Joshua Stewart Young has resulted in additional charges being filed.
Young, 28, was arrested Sept. 16 and charged with a host of law violations, including possession of a weapon, possession of a controlled substance, possession or use of drug paraphernalia, knowingly driving on a suspended or revoked license, obstruction and felony violation of probation, a Walton County Sheriff’s Office news release said.
Following up after the arrest, investigators came across “numerous suspicious transactions made by Young at secondhand dealer/pawn stores in Florida and Louisiana,” the news release said.
The transactions, made between Jan. 3 and Aug. 27, included the sale of a Walton High School class ring, three ladies fashion rings, silver coins and several other pieces of women's jewelry, the release said. The items, it turned out, belonged to Young’s uncle and his wife.
Young’s family members investigated after learning their valuables had been stolen and discovered that three firearms, a watch, silver coins and “multiple boxes of ammunition” were also missing, the release said.
Young is now facing additional felony charges including armed burglary, grand theft of a firearm and grand theft less than $10,000, according to the release.
“This was a great team effort by our patrol deputies and our investigators,” says Sheriff Michael Adkinson. “These men and women worked tirelessly to see this case through to the end.”
Young was hit with the new charges while incarcerated at the Walton County Jail, where he is being held on a $15,000 bond, the release said.