A man who spotted a car he thought may be involved in car burglaries on Okaloosa Island Tuesday morning contacted the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office when he spotted the black SUV leave the area of Bluefish Drive and head over to the Breakers Condominiums on Santa Rosa Boulevard.
Deputies arrived and found one of the suspects, 23-year old John Reedy of Fort Walton Beach, in a car full of items which they believe were stolen. Another suspect, 19-year old Dakota Collins, had taken off, dropping a camouflage colored backpack, according to a press release from the sheriff's office.
Deputies searching the area eventually found Collins trying to hide in the water behind Palm Court Yacht Club on Bream Avenue. Reedy and Collins are now charged with burglary and theft.
Both admitted to deputies that they had been “car-hopping”, stealing items from cars and/or from outside homes on Okaloosa Island. Reedy told deputies he needed money to help his family and Collins said he needed money because he was out of work.
Items recovered include tools, a wallet, a laptop computer, and a knife.