Suspect sought for vehicle burglary

Published 2:36pm Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Department is currently on the look out for the party responsible for the early-morning burglary of an unoccupied vehicle parked at a residence on Highway 99 in Walnut Hill.

Officials with the Sheriff’s office said the incident took place between 11 p.m. Tuesday and 5 a.m. Wednesday when an unidentified individual took several personal items from a 2005 Chevrolet Truck and then fled on foot.

Deputy Robert Preston investigated the burglary and said footprints were recovered from the scene but added it appeared the suspect left the area in a vehicle.

“Upon arrival at the scene, I observed a shoeprint leading away from the scene,” Preston said. “I was able to determine that this was probably the suspect’s footprint. A track utilizing the CCIK-9 was done and the suspect was tracked west from the home to North Highway 99 where it appeared the suspect probably got into a vehicle.”

Roberts said there were no witnesses to the crime and there are currently no suspects. According to the offense report, approximately $250 of personal items were taken from the vehicle.

Atmore Police Chief Jason Dean said he does not have reason to believe the incident in Walnut Hill is related to the rash of car burglaries in Atmore over the last several weeks.

Dean said although no arrests have been made in that case, several persons of interest have been questioned and the thefts have “quieted down” over the last two weeks.

Anyone with information concerning either crime is encouraged to call the Escambia County (Fla.) Sheriff’s Department at 850-436-9800 or the Atmore Police Department at 251-368-9141.

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