POLICE BLOTTER: A home intruder gets punched in face, and alleged shoplifter busted at Beall's

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

A man allegedly broke down the door of a Destin residence and threatened the person inside. For his trouble, the man was punched in the face and then arrested by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office.

According to an arrest report, 37-year-old Mark Arthur Davin of Fort Walton Beach went to a unit at Oceana Condominiums on Gulf Shore Drive and asked for the owner. The owner’s son, who was at the condo, told Davin his father wasn’t there and leave. He closed the door and went into the kitchen area.

Suddenly, he heard a loud crash and saw Davin walking into the condo, saying “Let’s do this then.” Thinking he was about to be attacked, the son punched Davin in the head twice and chased him from the condo.

A deputy interviewed Davin. He said he went to the condo looking for the owner, but found the son, who attacked him and said, “You’re breaking up my family.” Davin said he was punched several times and pushed down a flight of stairs. He said he returned to the condo, “pushed” his way inside and tried to talk to the son again.

The deputy wrote in the report that as Davin tried to relate specifics of other events at the apartment, “he was very inconsistent, and continued to try and correct what he said previously.”

He finally said, “Just charge me.”

He was charged with misdemeanor assault and felony burglary. His court date is May 28.

Woman tells deputy she took clothes so her boyfriend wouldn't have to pay for them.

A Niceville woman was arrested and accused of trying to take clothing from a local store without paying for the items.

On April 20 a loss prevention officer at Beall’s Department Store on Emerald Coast Parkway in Destin called the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office to report the theft. The employee told a deputy he detained two women for theft.

According to the arrest report, the employee saw 22-year-old Kayla Mechelle Ailey choose 14 items – shirts, dresses, jewelry and bottoms – and hid them on herself and in her purse. She then left the store without paying for the items.

The report didn’t say if the other woman played a role in the theft.

Total value of the items taken was $316.60.

Ailey told lawmen she took the items because she didn’t want her boyfriend to have to pay for them.

She was charged felony larceny and will report to a judge on May 28.