NEWS RELEASE                                             

For Immediate Release
November 30, 2005
Contact: Michele Nicholson
Public Information Officer 
(850) 651-7420


     Two teenagers and two adults face charges in connection with what investigators at the Okaloosa County Sheriff 's Office and Florala , Alabama Police Department call a major car burglary operation.

     The suspects targeted areas around both Crestview and Laurel Hill in Northwest Florida, as well as Florala , Alabama .

     Thousands of dollars worth of stolen merchandise, including rifles, a handgun, credit cards, and electronic equipment has been recovered.

          Arrested by the Okaloosa Sheriff 's Office:

·        16-year old Cody Earl Wayne Sears of 7641 Highway 393 in Laurel Hill - charged with armed burglary of a conveyance, theft of a firearm, and grand theft.

·         16-year old Zachary Kyle Schoop of 22947 8th Avenue in Florala , Alabama - charged with armed burglary to a conveyance and theft of a firearm. 

·         In addition the Florala Alabama Police Department Tuesday charged Schoop's parents, 31-year old Daniel Robert Schoop and 33-year old Gretchan Kristine Schoop with receiving stolen property and possession of stolen credit or debit cards.        

     Some of the stolen items have already been returned to their rightful owners.