Members from the DeFuniak Springs Police continue to work hard to protect and serve their community. It’s almost impossible to inform the public of every incident and all the duties performed by officers; however we do feel that the community needs a summary of what the police are doing for them when applicable. “Citizens and police working together and sound police tactics provide an enjoyable and safer community to live in” said Lieutenant Tilman Mears.
The burglaries over the last few months have occurred at several locations throughout the city to include businesses, vehicles, and unoccupied structures/sheds. The investigation has been extensive and concentrated on several suspects, and their involvement in each incident. Most of the suspects identified are juveniles and were determined to have been car hopping in several areas, as well as targeting specific businesses. The investigation in several of these crimes is expected to be closed with arrests. The most recent burglaries and thefts are still under investigation. Members from DeFuniak Springs Police are concentrating on bringing each suspect involved in these crimes to justice.
On January 4th, 2012 officers responded to Wal-Mart in reference to retail theft (shoplifter). Upon completing the investigation two undisclosed juveniles were charged with the criminal act of shoplifting. Unfortunately this wouldn’t end with just shoplifting charges. One of the juveniles became unruly and resisted officers, which led to additional charges. This is another example why law enforcement officers can never assume that the call is routine.
January 8th, 2012 7:54 a.m. officers from the DeFuniak Springs Police responded to a residence located on South 11th Street in reference to a disturbance. Upon officer’s arrival and further investigation James Cotton was arrested for Battery (Domestic Violence).
From January 1st, 2013 to January 8th, 2013 just eight (8) days into the New Year, DeFuniak Springs Police have documented over 400 Computer Aided Dispatching (CAD) incidents.
City Marshal, Chief Mark A. Weeks, MS, again wants to remind citizens that the DeFuniak Springs Police is committed to community service, and if you have any information on any criminal activity in the DeFuniak Springs area, please contact us at (850)893-8513 or our anonymous tip line at (850)910-TIPS (8477).
Lieutenant Tilman Mears
Criminal Investigations Division Commander