Two Men on a Crime Spree Lead Police on a Wild Goose Chase

By: Heather Waliga Email
By: Heather Waliga Email


A crime spree overnight sent law enforcement on a wild goose chase across the county. It all started when two men allegedly broke into Brock's Pest Control in Lynn Haven to steal a tank of diesel fuel.

Forty-six-year-old Wayne Jones and 20-year-old James Griner then made their way to the Hobo Pantry on Highway 2311 near Deerpoint Lake, where they allegedly held up an a clerk at gunpoint, took an undisclosed amount of cash, and fled the scene.

A deputy spotted their F-250 truck during a traffic stop and followed the two in a short chase, before the men lost police.

Around 11, investigators say the men ripped an ATM off its foundation at People's First Community Bank on the corner of 23rd and Beck Avenue.

Shortly afterward, a city street cleaner radioed in to police that the ATM had fallen off the truck in from of him.

Panama City police found the truck on Highway 98 and chased it until the men crashed near Popeye's Chicken. Officers arrested one of the men inside the truck.

The other fled to the Old Panda China Buffet restaurant where police found him hiding on the roof and arrested him.

Ruth Sasser with BCSO said, "It does seem like they were rather busy individuals, but I'm very glad they're locked up now."

Both men are being held at the Bay County Jail. They had their first court appearances this afternoon.

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