POLICE BLOTTER: A Freaky fire and a stolen paycheck

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Man sets fire to Freaky Tiki

 A man told Okaloosa County sheriff's deputies he set fire to the Freaky Tiki bar on Destin harbor in order to stay "up to code" on fire extinguishers, according to his arrest report.

A deputy noticed a burning smell near the business on Aug. 13 and investigated.

He found 52-year-old William Joseph Eitel of Fort Walton Beach inside and crouched over a fire that was "steadily growing on the floor of the business.”

The deputy extinguished the fire.

Eitel told the deputy he was supposed to be in the business because he was sponsored by Budweiser, Yuengling and Miller beers.

Eitel was charged with loitering or prowling.

Man accused of stealing paycheck, running from law

A man accused of stealing another man’s $540.20 paycheck and then fleeing from lawmen is facing multiple felony charges.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office began searching for Thomas Patrick Peyton’s red Ford Explorer after another man reported Peyton had stolen a check and pay stubs from him, according to his arrest report.

The man told lawmen that he had been speaking with 44-year-old Peyton in a park beside Main Street moments before the alleged robbery.

After a few minutes of conversation, the man decided to leave because Peyton’s sexual advances were making him uncomfortable, the report stated.

When the man went to his car, Peyton followed him and “forced open” the driver’s side door and grabbed the papers from a pocket in the door.

After taking the papers, Peyton got into his vehicle and left. When a deputy tried to conduct a traffic stop, Peyton didn’t stop and eventually fled on foot.

When the deputy caught up with him he found a small plastic bag with white residue in it inside the SUV. Peyton said the bag once had cocaine in it, but denied taking anything from the other man.

He was arrested and charged with resisting arrest without violence, robbery, possession of drug equipment and fleeing.