WALTON COUNTY — Investigators from various Northwest Florida Law Enforcement Agencies recently located more than 7,000 pounds of stolen aluminum.
On Oct. 1, Walton County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a theft at an auto salvage company in Mossy Head. The victim told deputies that about 9,000 pounds of unique aluminum ingots were stolen from the property.
The ingots were uniquely identifiable because the victim branded each with “KK”, the initials of his oldest daughter, Sheriff’s Office officials said.
The metal was worth approximately 30 cents per pound, with a total value of $2,700.
Later, 2,000 pounds of the stolen aluminum was located at AA Auto Salvage where investigators learned Lisa Chesser and her husband, Tommy Joe Chesser, had sold numerous pieces during separate visits.
Further investigation revealed Tommy Joe Chesser also sold 940 pounds of the aluminum to Big Iron Environmental in Fort Walton Beach. Officials said the other ingots that have been located were sold by the Chessers to various pawn shops in Okaloosa County.
Lisa Chesser, 54, of Crestview was arrested by WCSO investigators and Fort Walton Beach Police Department detectives after a joint investigation assisted by Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office investigators.
Lisa Chesser was charged with grand theft and dealing in stolen property. She also was charged by FWBPD for dealing in stolen property and false verification of ownership to a pawnbroker.
Tommy Joe Chesser has an active warrant for grand theft. Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call the Walton County Sheriff’s Office at 892-8186 or remain anonymous by calling Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 863-TIPS.
Submit a web tip at emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com or send a mobile tip using the P3 Tips Mobile Application or the Walton County Sheriff’s Office smartphone app. Tipsters could be eligible for a cash reward.