for immediate release
January 6, 2004

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The last two teenage suspects have been arrested in connection with the vandalism of Christmas decorations at approximately 20 residences in Destin.

Arrested this afternoon (Tuesday afternoon) was Thomas Butler "Brett" Henry III (pictured left), age 17 (3-6-1986), of Destin. A co-defendant, Alexon James "Alex" Courville (pictured right), age 18 (10-22-1985), also of Destin, was arrested yesterday (Monday).

Henry and Courville are the last of four suspects in the vandalizing of Christmas decorations the night of Saturday, December 20 and in the pre-dawn hours of Sunday, December 21. James Michael Strahan, age 18 (11-7-1985) of Destin was arrested on Christmas Eve; Christopher Michael Hinton, age 17 (3-25-1986), of Santa Rosa Beach, was arrested on December 30.

All four have been arrested on charges of Felony Criminal Mischief. Under Florida Law, Criminal Mischief is a felony offense if it involves property damage of $1,000 or more. In this instance, estimated damages exceed $4,000.

Information from citizens was valuable in the investigation, and a possible reward is pending through Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers.


for more information contact Sgt. Rick Hord, Public Information Officer

(850) 651-7420