Press Release: Wakulla County Sheriff's Office
Two at-large suspects wanted on suspicion of being involved in several Crawfordville vehicle burglaries are behind bars in the Wakulla County Jail, according to Wakulla County Sheriff Charlie Creel.
Aaron Franklin Swain, Jr., 19, of Crawfordville and Riley Patrick Waters, 18, of St. Marks were arrested after WCSO detectives broke the case with the arrest of Daniel Alexander Faircloth, 19, of Crawfordville on Sept. 6.
Swain, Jr. turned himself in on Sept. 15. He was charged with two counts of burglary, two counts of larceny and two counts of credit card fraud. He is being held in the Wakulla Jail under a $28,500 bond.
Waters was captured by the Leon County Sheriff’s Office and turned over to WCSO deputies on Sept. 12 and transported to the Wakulla Jail. He was charged with three counts of burglary, three counts of larceny and two counts of illegal use of a credit card. He is being held with no bond.
Faircloth faces 34 charges including burglary, larceny, retail theft and fraudulent used of a credit card. He remains in the Wakulla County Jail under a $34,000 bond. Faircloth was arrested on Sept. 6.
The three men are accused of entering unlocked vehicles in the Wakulla Gardens community of Crawfordville along with vehicles in the Dorothy Loop, Ridgewood Drive and Sam Smith neighborhoods in the eastern zone of the county.
Faircloth was observed broken down on the side of a Crawfordville roadway earlier this month. When deputies offered assistance, they observed property inside the vehicle that matched the description of items stolen from a Dorothy Loop case. In addition, surveillance video obtained at a Crawfordville business connected the three teenagers to the use of a stolen credit card.
The vehicle burglaries prompted Sheriff Creel to host the first in a series of “Community Conversation” meetings at Pioneer Baptist Church Tuesday Sept. 10 where WCSO staff spoke to a group of 70 residents of the Wakulla Gardens community about public safety issues and how to avoid becoming a victim. The second Community Conversation is planned for the Wakulla Station area in mid-October.
The public will be invited to attend and speak to law enforcement about their concerns.
Sheriff Creel is urging residents to “Take Back Your Neighborhood Together” during the community meetings.
Detectives are closing out paperwork on 17 cases in the Wakulla Station area based on the arrests as the investigation continues and additional charges are possible.