A joint effort by Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Investigations, Road Patrol, the Street Crimes Unit and a local citizen helped solve a Mary Esther burglary that had netted $18,000 in jewelry.
A majority of the stolen items from last month’s break-in from Diamond Works have now been recovered.
The OCSO has charged 56-year old Sampie Hall of Fort Walton Beach with burglary, grand theft, possession of burglary tools, tampering/destruction of physical evidence and dealing in stolen property.
With the help of a citizen, investigators were able to develop Hall as a suspect in the burglary at Diamond Works around 5:18 the morning of
During the break-in, the business’s front window had been broken and multiple display cases were smashed. Several bags full of watches, wedding ring sets, and other jewelry had been taken.
A man contacted the Sheriff’s Office December 23rd to say Hall had tried to sell him a large amount of jewelry and he later heard about the Diamond Works burglary.
He immediately contacted law enforcement.
Investigators were able to have the store owner positively identify several pieces the man had purchased from Hall.
A warrant was issued for Hall for dealing in stolen property.
Deputies tracked him to a home on Cypress Street Wednesday, where he was taken into custody.
Hall admitted breaking in to Diamond Works, throwing out his clothes and some of his burglary tools, and hiding the jewelry in the ceiling of his home.