WALTON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Burglaries in Walton County have been rampant for months, but now, Walton County Sheriff's Office Deputies believe they have found the culprits.
Wednesday, 19-year-old Steven Robinson and 21-year-old Austin Bell were arrested in Walton County after deputies spotted a suspicious vehicle they say they had been on the look out for.
"What we've been trying to do since these have started is infiltrate the neighborhoods and subdivisions," WCSO Public Information Officer Corey Dobridnia said. "These kids just happened to park at the wrong place, the wrong night and our deputy came across the truck."
Dobridnia said deputies have been on the look out for a truck matching a similar description that has been noted at several of the crime scenes.
"The truck my deputy came across had bags in it full of stuff. One of the kids was caught with burglary tools, so we knew what they were there to do," Dobridnia said. "The kids are good for 12 months worth of dozens and dozens of burglaries that they've openly admitted to."
Countless vehicles and other easily accessible items have been burglarized over the year and officials say it's because people simply leave them unlocked.
Officials said they believe the suspects are responsible for at least 50 cases in Walton County. They also said they have reason to believe they are also responsible for crimes in neighboring counties.
Both are charged with possession of burglary tools with intent to use and loitering and prowling.