Police Blotter: Drone Destroyed & Boats Burgled

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Man allegedly ‘stomped’ drone in anger

A Grove City, Ohio, man is charged with destroying another man’s drone on a public beach because it made him mad.

Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputies were called on April 26 between 10  and 11 p.m. for the incident, according to the arrest report. The Ohio man, identified as 48-year-old David A. Woolum, was arrested on May 10.

The victim was flying his DJ1 Inspire 1 Drone on Norriego Point beach access on Gulf Shore Drive taking photos of the area, the report said. Woolum allegedly “confronted” the victim about the drone and then “stomped it in the ground, destroying the unit.”

Woolum told deputies that “it (expletive) me off so I stomped it,” the report said. The cost to repair the drone was estimated at $1,500 by a drone manufacturing company.

Woolum is charged with criminal mischief over $1,000.

His next scheduled court date is June 16.

Sheriff's office investigates boat burglaries

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a pair of boat burglaries that took place at 210 Harbor Boulevard in Destin.

The “Destin Princess” and “Destiny” were both targeted, according to a press release from the sheriff's office.

Deputies say the thief took alcohol, fishing equipment, and other items in the break-ins. It’s believed the burglaries may have taken place last Friday, May 15, around 1 a.m.

Anyone with information on the crime is asked to contact the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office at 651-7400 or contact Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 863-TIPS.