For Immediate Release
March 30, 2009
Contact: Michele Nicholson
Public Information Officer
WEAPONS ROBBERY LEADS TO ARRESTS
Two Crestview residents are currently in the Okaloosa County Department of Corrections, charged with armed burglary after stealing cash and weapons from a home in the Fort Walton Beach area Sunday afternoon. Deputies from the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office were called to 449 Waterway Lane around 2:30 p.m. Sunday. A resident there says five people he'd invited into the house later forced him into his father's bedroom and stole cash, two semi-automatic rifles, a 12 gauge shotgun, and a .22 caliber rifle before fleeing the home.
Troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol spotted the suspects' getaway car on P-J Adams Road near Crestview and made a traffic stop on Villacrest Drive, assisted by officers from the Crestview Police Department. Inside the vehicle's trunk, they found the stolen weapons wrapped in a blanket.
The Sheriff's Office has charged 20-year old Stephon Letray Thrash of 163 Conquest Avenue and 21-year old Amos Clifton Clayborne of 454 Jillian Drive with armed burglary, grand theft firearm, and grand theft.
Similar charges are also pending against three co-defendants.
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