Eight arrested for car break-ins, stolen guns

Posted at 3:12 PM, Jan 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-23 10:14:28-05

WAKULLA COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) - Six adults and two juveniles are facing charges for multiple gun thefts in both Leon and Wakulla counties. 

On Jan. 19, the Wakulla County Sheriff's Office received numerous reports about car break-ins all over northeast Wakulla County. In each report, the suspects took items from unlocked vehicles.

The stolen items included credit cards, a rifle, a handgun and a camera tripod.

Early Sunday morning, deputies responded to the Bridle Gate Community after residents called, saying they saw several suspects burglarizing vehicles in the neighborhood.

By time deputies arrived, five cars had been broken into and stolen from.

However, a car attempting to speed away from the area was soon stopped by a deputy. WCSO says a search of the vehicle revealed stolen items inside.

The two occupants in the vehicle were detained.

They say two other people were detained after they were found walking in the neighborhood with stolen items. Investigators later connected these two to the burglaries on Jan. 19.

In fact, investigators linked three of the four to at least 12 vehicle break-ins in Wakulla County. 

Cody Trawick, Rusty Flowers, and a male juvenile were arrested and booked into the Wakulla County Jail. 

Investigators got information that more evidence may be at Trawick's Woodville home, so the corroborated with the Leon County Sheriff's Office to search his residence on Sunday.

During the search, deputies found a shotgun and a handgun, both of which had been reported stolen out of Leon County.

The discovery lead to the arrest of additional suspects: A 17-year-old female, Richard Darnell, 31, Jesse Parker, 33, Brandi Stephens, 27, and Adam Darnell, 30.

On Monday, WCSO recovered three more stolen guns linked to burglaries in both Wakulla and Leon counties. They were also able to link one of the guns found during the Leon County search warrant to a burglary in Wakulla County.

Detectives are continuing to investigate, saying that additional arrests and charges are forthcoming. You can see the full release from Leon County deputies here.