Teens arrested for stealing guns and breaking into churches

WCSO deputies say surveillance footage shows teens breaking into one of two churches...
WCSO deputies say surveillance footage shows teens breaking into one of two churches burglarized in northern Walton.(WJHG/WECP)
Published: Jan. 4, 2023 at 1:36 PM CST
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WALTON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Two teenagers have been arrested after authorities say they stole guns, a vehicle and broke into at least five places in northern Walton County.

Residents in the small town of Glendale said they were shocked to find out homes, two churches, and a local business were targeted. One of the churches caught the suspects on tape.

The churches were the Glendale Presbyterian Church and Bethel Baptist Church. The Glendale General Store was also broken into and had items stolen.

“[You know] what goes on here,” Wilbur Williams, owner of the store, said. “Found my cash register, I had another big jug of change, probably about $800. A few other things, a few hunting knives and things like that were gone.”

Authorities said the community was instrumental in finding the suspects, Teague Kirkland, 19, and Christiansen Lopez, 16.

“The community was extremely important in this investigation because they got some video for us, we got that out, but we were also receiving some names,” Walton County Sheriff’s Captain Dustin Cosson said. “It’s important that if you see anybody that is out of the norm, call us. If you see anything, hear anything that doesn’t sound right, call us.”

According to Walton County deputies, the teenagers were found walking near a stolen Ford F-150 around 2 a.m. Wednesday morning.

The vehicle was allegedly stolen Tuesday from a home in Glendale, along with numerous firearms, prescription medication, and alcohol.

Deputies say after discovering the stolen truck, they found evidence that connected the teens to the string of burglaries.

Both teenagers are charged with multiple felony counts of burglary, grand theft auto, grand theft less than $10,000 but more than $5,000, and criminal mischief. The state will determine if Lopez is charged as an adult.