For Immediate Release
February 10, 2008
Contact: Michele Nicholson
Public Information Officer
THIRD ARMED HOME INVASION ROBBER SUSPECT CAPTURED
The third and final suspect in an armed home invasion robbery in Destin is now in custody, due in part to a tip to Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers.
Deputies with the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Problem Oriented Policing Squad – or POP Squad – located and arrested wanted fugitive Therence Walter Crooks Saturday evening around 8:50 at the Santa Rosa Mall in Mary Esther.
The 17-year-old Crooks, of 36 Jonquil Avenue in Fort Walton Beach, was taken into custody without incident.
Okaloosa County deputies were searching for Crooks in connection with the armed home invasion robbery of a Destin man on February 2nd. Two other suspects, 16-year old Robert Eugene Brantley and 16-year old Andre Brooks, had been arrested the following day. Investigators say the trio stole a handgun, cash, and small electronic items from the Kelly Street homeowner.
Crooks is charged with home invasion robbery and grand theft of a firearm. In addition, he also faces one count of robbery with a firearm in connection with the January 18th, 2008 robbery of a pizza deliveryman on Denton Boulevard in Fort Walton Beach.
The POP Squad identifies and targets high impact criminal activities that arise in the community, from burglaries to street-level narcotics.
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