The Bay County Sheriff’s Office arrested four recently in connection to approximately 5 burglaries at a local elementary school.
The first reported burglary at Southport Elementary occurred on August 18, 2012. Over the next 10 days, several additional reports were placed as teachers began reporting missing items. Cameras, portable radios used in administration, loose change from classrooms, sodas, and candy all went missing.
On September 29, 2012, the Bay County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Office in Southport was burglarized with a BCSO jacket, handcuffs, a digital scale, and paperwork taken. A side door to the office was pried open. On the same day, Southport Elementary reported another attempted burglary when someone attempted to pry open a door but was unsuccessful.
BCSO deputies were able to develop Tyler Johns as a suspect. When approached, Johns gave consent to search his room within the home and deputies and investigators found the missing BCSO jacket, handcuffs, and digital scales. Also found were portable radios reported missing from Southport Elementary, which connected Johns to those burglaries. Johns stated to investigators during an interview he had gone to the school and entered with three juveniles. He stated they found a Master Key during the first burglary and used it to enter the school.
Johns, DOB4/13/94, of 7105 Sparrow Road in Southport, was arrested and charged with Burglary of an Unoccupied Dwelling (X2) and Principle to Burglary of an Unoccupied Dwelling. Also arrested were Dennis Petroff, DOB 5/12/95, of 828 Cucinitti Drive in Southport on charges of Burglary of an Unoccupied Dwelling (X2) and Principle to Burglary of an Unoccupied Dwelling, Nicholas Enfinger, DOB 2/22/95, of 532 Newman Point Road on charges of Burglary of an Unoccupied Dwelling (X2) and Principle to Burglary of an Unoccupied Dwelling , and Steven Touchtone, DOB 1/15/95, of 401 Hickory Bluff Circle in Southport, also on charges of Burglary of an Unoccupied Dwelling (X2) and Principle to Burglary of an Unoccupied Dwelling.