Juveniles arrested in church burglaries; runaway teen returned home safely

Recently, Washington County Sheriff’s Office received two reports of burglaries that had taken place at Courts of Praise Church located in Chipley on Clayton Road.  The items reported stolen were listed as petty cash and offerings located in bank bags, food, sound monitors, and a bag of keys.

During the investigation, WCSO gathered information that led them to a parent of teens who lived nearby the church.  When questioned by investigators, the parent advised she found items belonging to the church in the teens’ possession.

WCSO investigators interviewed the teens, at which time, each teen implicated the others in both burglaries.

The investigation led to an arrest of two juveniles, both of Chipley.  Both teens were charged with burglary of a structure, petit theft, and criminal mischief.

A pick-up order (warrant) was issued for the third juvenile, also of Chipley.

During this time, the third teen was believed to be accompanying a runaway juvenile.

Upon receiving information regarding their whereabouts, Washington County Sheriff’s Office successfully located them.

The third teen was taken into custody and transported to the Bay Regional Juvenile Detention Center on the charges of burglary of a structure, petit theft, and criminal mischief.

The runaway teen has been safely returned home to her family.

Sheriff Crews urges anyone with knowledge of crimes being committed to please contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 850-638-6111.  You may also contact them anonymously by calling 850-638-TIPS (8477) or by email at tips@wcso.us.