LEON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — A man has been arrested in connection to a string of car thefts and burglaries in Tallahassee, including one where he slept inside the house he broke into and defecated in the victim's basement before stealing an AR-15.
The Leon County Sheriff's office says 30-year-old Walter Montford has been arrested in connection to three different incidents.
The first happened on Nov. 10 at a home in the 4000 block of North Monroe Street. They say Montford appeared to sleep in a sleeping bag in the home overnight, ate food, and defecated in the basement.
When the residents left the house the next morning, Montford went into the main part of the home and stole an AR-15, a backpack and shoes and then left in the truck belonging to the victims. The truck also had a trailer attached to it.
A few days later, the victims were contacted by 39-year-old Angela Biles and 39-year-old Darryl Myles who told the victims that they had their checks and wanted $200 in exchange for information about where the victim's trailer was.
Detectives later talked to Biles and Myles and found the truck and trailer in the 1600 block of Pullen Road. The pair then told detectives they wanted the $200 from the victims because Montford had stolen $200 from them. Because Biles and Myles took the victims’ checks from Montford, they were arrested.
On Nov. 15, a victim reported that Montford had given her a fraudulent check to cash. The check was from the original victims’ business account.
Montford had told her it was his paycheck and he couldn’t cash it. Since Montford owed her money, she cashed the check, kept the amount he owed her, and gave Montford the remaining amount.
On Nov. 17, the Tallahassee Police Department was called to 400 block of Chapel Drive about a stolen vehicle.
The car was reported stolen to the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office. When officers found the car, they saw Montford in the driver’s seat. He refused to obey commands and drove away.
Officers quickly found the car again and attempted a traffic stop. Montford refused to stop and eventually drove through two fences in the area of Hartsfield Road and Atlas Road while driving away from officers.
The next day, LCSO detectives received information about Montford. When they found him, Montford was riding as passenger in a different vehicle. After a traffic stop, Montford was taken into custody.
Deputies say Montford, a convicted felon, was out on bond on an unrelated grand theft auto charge.