Thief makes rookie mistakes resulting in arrest

“I am supervisor of the Crime Analysis Unit at the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office. In March, a black male entered a business. The suspect went straight to the electronics department where he attempted to remove several iPads from the displays unsuccessfully. He then took a tool from his clothing and removed 3 iPhones from the displays, concealed them in his pants, and left the store without paying. On the same day beginning at a different time. The same black male and another black male subject went to the EcoATM located at the Santa Rosa Mall in Mary Esther, Okaloosa County, FL (adjoining county) where they placed the 3 stolen iPhones in the Kiosk and in return received $159. The serial numbers matched the stolen phones. The male suspect who stole the phones from the business had on the same clothing and necklace that was seen in both video surveillances from the business and the photographs taken from the EcoATM.”

Crime Analyst Supervisor Kathy Stinson
Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office