Steak salesman accused of stealing package off Walton County porch

SANTA ROSA BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A steak salesman is now behind bars after he was identified as a suspect in a package theft.

Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., Walton County Sheriff's Deputies were called to South Church Street in Santa Rosa Beach in reference to a theft. The caller advised a man in a white older model Chevrolet pickup with a white deep freezer in the truck bed stopped at his home a few days before trying to sell steaks. The victim told deputies he told the salesman he did not want any steak and the man left.

Deputies say the man came back and knocked on the door. The homeowner reports he looked out the window and realized it was the same salesman as before and did not answer the door. He says he then saw the subject placing a cardboard box into the bed of his truck from the porch.

After calling around to several steak delivery services, deputies were able to identify the suspect as Tim Porter, 42, of Panama City Beach.

Thursday, two off-duty deputies were traveling west toward Destin when they saw a vehicle matching the description of the suspect’s truck from the burglary. The driver, positively identified as Porter, pulled into the Walmart where he was approached by WCSO and Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputies. They say Porter admitted to the theft and was arrested for the burglary and petit theft.

Deputies say the stolen property was given back to the victim.