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Police Blotter: Man accused of taking car, EBT card, checks

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Man accused of taking car, EBT card, checks

A Destin man is accused of going to an acquaintance's home and taking multiple items, including a car.

Okaloosa County Sheriff's deputies were called to the home around 11 a.m. July 19, according to the arrest report. One of the residents said he had come home to find 25-year-old Kyle Gossett Desautels in his bedroom without permission.

The resident told Desautels to leave and he did, the report said. Around 30 minutes later, the resident noticed that a family member's vehicle was gone.

He also found that his EBT card and two personal checks from a family member's purse were missing, according to the report. The EBT card was used three times during that time.

The vehicle was found at 1:30 p.m. that day at Desautels' home. He allegedly admitted to going into the home without permission.

However, he said he had permission to take the EBT card, according to the report. He said he took the car due to weather, because he needed to go to Walmart for food.

When officers found the car, Desautels backed it out of the driveway and was stopped, the report said. He allegedly admitted to having a syringe in the vehicle and to knowing that his license had been suspended for not paying a traffic fine.

He is charged with driving while his license is suspended as a first offense, possession of drug paraphernalia, burglary, grand theft of a vehicle, petit theft as a second offense and illegal use of a credit card more than twice within six months.

He is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 18.

Woman thought meth was beach sand

A 29-year-old woman is accused of having methamphetamine in her purse.

Okaloosa County Sheriff's deputies were called to a Destin store on July 21 around 10:15 a.m., according to the arrest report. The storeowner said two people who had previously stolen items.were in the store.

She pointed out the two, Jacklyn Suzanne Stacey and a man, the report said. Stacey was crouched at a rotating display with her bag open between her legs.

Deputies asked Stacey to step outside and she agreed, according to the report. Investigation found that the man with her was not the man involved in the previous theft.

Deputies asked Stacey if she had anything in her bag that had been stolen while in the store. Stacey said she did not and told deputies they could search the bag if they wanted to.

While looking in the bag, deputies noticed a Crown Royal bag that they believed could have held jewelry from the display Stacey had been crouched in front of, according to the report. Deputies saw a small plastic bag with what they believed was methamphetamine inside the bag.

Stacey "quickly grabbed" the bag from them, stating "I use that for my face," and then said deputies no longer had permission to search, the report said. She was detained and the substance was identified as methamphetamine.

After being arrested, Stacey said she'd found the bag on the side of the road while walking from the beach, according to the report. She allegedly said she'd found it on the corner of Mountain Drive and Marler Drive, then said it was around Harbor Boulevard.

She then said she had thought that the substance in the bag was beach sand, the report said.

She is charged with possession of a controlled substance.

She is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 8.