Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested two Tallahassee men for committing a smash and grab burglary at the Shell Station formerly known as the Triangle Petro in Medart at 3:29 a.m. Sunday, May 15, according to Sheriff David Harvey.
Darren Solomon White, 24, and a 17-year-old male juvenile, both of Tallahassee, were arrested in connection with the case. White was charged with burglary of a structure, felony criminal mischief, falsely identifying himself to a law enforcement officer, grand theft, driving without a driver’s license and wearing a hood or mask on property of another.
Law enforcement officials were alerted to a break-in at the convenience store by an alarm system. They discovered broken glass and a concrete block at the scene. Cigarettes and a cash register were stolen along with less than $100 worth of currency.
While WCSO detectives were investigating the break-in, a Florida Highway Patrol trooper conducted a traffic stop of White at Steve Moore Road and U.S. Highway 319 in Crawfordville and discovered that White did not have a driver license and gave a false name. A search of the suspect’s vehicle revealed a backpack with cigarettes and other items that were consistent with property taken from the convenience store.
Later, the two men were interviewed and admitted their involvement in the incident. The cash register was recovered off Carter Road in Medart. Two masks were also recovered.
White remains in the Wakulla County Jail under a $38,500 bond. The juvenile was transported to juvenile detention in Tallahassee.
Damage to the Shell Station was estimated at $500 and the stolen property was valued at $552. Captain Steve Ganey, Sgt. Ronald Mitchell, Deputy Taff Stokley, Detective Mike Helms, Detective Nick Bout well Deputy Ben Steinke and CSI Allison Blackstock investigated.