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Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office recovers hundreds of stolen merchandise in minor traffic accident

Items may be linked to string of thefts
Car Crash
Posted at 8:51 PM, Sep 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-03 20:51:48-04

OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — A minor two-car crash in Okaloosa County led the Florida Highway Patrol to discover thousands of dollars of items stolen from Bath & Body Works.

The two vehicles were both traveling south on State Road 293 over the Midbay Bridge, approaching Legendary Marina Drive on Thursday afternoon.

The first vehicle stopped in the roadway due to traffic back up; however, the driver of the second car failed to come to an appropriate stop, rear-ending the first car, according to the report.

FHP said both vehicles were moved to the shoulder of the roadway and the 22-year-old female driver and 19-year-old female passenger of the second vehicle were transported to the Destin ER for minor injuries because the passenger was approximately eight months pregnant.

During an inventory of the second car, approximately 150 to 200 Bath & Body Works merchandise items were located within the vehicle as well as an anti-theft device remover, as stated in the report.

FHP says the total value was approximately $2,000.00.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene and indicated they had an active investigation into a theft at Bath and Body Works, OCSO case number OCSO20OFF012067.

According to the report, several of the items found by investigators were the same items listed as stolen in the theft report.

FHP said the items may be linked to a string of thefts at various Bath & Body Works locations. All items were seized by the OCSO.

Further investigation will be done by the OCSO regarding theft and recovery.