POLICE BLOTTER: A purse heist and sea oat bonfire

staff report

100 purses, $25,000 worth of luggage stolen

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a break-in at a Destin store early Sunday morning, which resulted in up to $75,000 in stolen merchandise.

An alarm went off around 5:40 a.m. at LuxExchange, located at 36150 Emerald Coast Parkway, Suite 103. A responding deputy found someone had forced their way in through the front main door and also ransacked an office inside.

The owner estimated an initial loss of 100 purses and a $25,000 set of Louis Vuitton luggage. Anyone with information on the burglary is asked to contact the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office at 850-651-7400 or Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 850-863-TIPS.

Teen busted for tearing down sea oats, fence, burning them

A 19-year-old Alabama man was arrested after he ripped up sea oats and tore down parts of a wooden fence on Norriego Point and used them to start a fire, lawmen say.

An Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputy went to the sandy spit of land on Destin harbor after receiving a report of a fire. There, he found two young men standing in one of the dunes next to a fire. They told him they were cold and trying to stay warm.

Two witnesses said they saw the pair ripping up sea oats and breaking the fence to start the fire.

The arrest report didn’t indicate if the second suspect was arrested, but the 19-year-old was charged with cutting, harvesting or removing sea oats or sea grapes, and criminal mischief. His plea date is Feb. 4.

An odor of marijuana came from the vehicle

A man who was stopped for a traffic infraction ended up being arrested on multiple drug charges, lawmen say.

The man, 30-year-old Micah David Jernigan of Fort Walton Beach, was stopped on Legion Drive by an Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputy, who smelled marijuana coming from Jernigan’s vehicle. The deputy saw a “glass smoking device” in the center console in plain view, so he searched the vehicle.

He found a glass jar containing a plastic bag that had 13 grams of marijuana inside, a bottle with 2.5 grams of marijuana, 10 blue pills of oxycodone, and 15½ white pills of hydromorphone. Jernigan admitted to the deputy the marijuana and pills were his, according to the arrest report.

He was charged with possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, marijuana possession and drug equipment possession. His court date is Feb. 18.