for immediate release
August 10, 2001

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A man suspected of robbing five drug stores in Fort Walton Beach and Destin in the past two weeks has been arrested in Gulfport, Mississippi today. David LaPlaunt, age 37 (01-20-64),of Arizona was arrested yesterday after an attempted robbery of a drug store in Long Beach, Mississippi.

LaPlaunt was taken into custody yesterday (Thursday) by Gulfport Police after a vehicle pursuit. In statements to Okaloosa County Investigators, LaPlaunt confessed to all five drug store robberies in Okaloosa County. Long Beach Police contacted the Okaloosa Sheriff's Office when they learned that LaPlaunt was a possible suspect in a series of local drug store robberies. LaPlaunt will be charged with five counts of Robbery. LaPlaunt is currently being held in the Harrison County Jail in Mississippi, pending extradition proceedings to return him to Okaloosa County.

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for more information contact Nicole Wagner, Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office

(850) 609-3028

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