WCSO: Wakulla Gardens Burglary Cases Solved

By: WCSO Release
By: WCSO Release

Crawfordville, Florida - April 10, 2012 -

Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office deputies thwarted a residential burglary attempt Monday, April 9 in the Wakulla Gardens community of Crawfordville after a concerned citizen alerted law enforcement of a suspicious man, according to Sheriff Donnie Crum.

Walter Hendry Bishop, 33, of Crawfordville was arrested by sheriff’s deputies as he attempted to drive away from the scene.

The concerned citizen was able to give deputies a detailed description of the suspect and his vehicle and deputies conducted a traffic stop within Wakulla Gardens. Bishop was charged with burglary of a structure and petit theft in connection with the break-in on Broken Bow Trail.

Deputy Nick Gray stopped the vehicle and Bishop told Deputy Gray that he entered the home through a window by removing a screen. The screen was recovered in the suspect’s vehicle.

Detectives Nick Boutwell and Derek Lawhon responded to the scene to question Bishop about other burglaries that have occurred in Wakulla Gardens that were similar in nature.

During the investigation, Bishop admitted being involved in unsolved residential burglaries on Sioux Trail and Mohican Trail, also in the Wakulla Gardens area. He faces burglary and grand theft charges in connection with the two other open cases.

On April 10, detectives contacted another Mohican Trail homeowner about a burglary at her home. The victim never filed a report in the theft of money and personal property. Bishop faces burglary and grand theft charges in that case as detectives solved a total of four burglaries with the arrest in Wakulla Gardens.

Lt. Steve Ganey. Sgt. Ronald Mitchell and Deputy Mike Zimba also investigated the case.

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  • by Mandie Location: C'ville on Apr 18, 2012 at 12:09 PM
    I have known this man for over 30 years. He was always a hard, worker, good father and loving son. People come on hard times and make very stupid choises everyday.... doesn't make them a bad person just "lost". No you may have never broke into a house and took from someone else but I'm sure all of you that are talking trash about a man most of you have never even met, have taking something at some point in your life. No Walter is very wrong for his actions... still not a bad person. Walter when you get out I hope you find the help you need in this life. Good luck and make right what you have wronged... love an old "huntin buddy"
  • by Sad Parent on Apr 11, 2012 at 01:48 PM
    Very sad to see this. I met Walt when our kids played ball together and he was always at every game and cared for his children very much. It's very sad what drugs are doing to our country. I will be praying for him and his family that he gets the help he needs and becomes that man again.
  • by AJH Location: Crawfordville on Apr 11, 2012 at 11:50 AM
    May there be a special place in jail for you! These hard working folks trying to earn a living and doing the right thing get violated by the likes of you.You are a disgrace to your family. I hope the courts do the right thing with you and let you rot in jail. Shame on you!!! At your age, it is time to grow up and be a real man - you're just another thug on the streets we don't need.
  • by fife Location: wakulla on Apr 11, 2012 at 11:40 AM
    What a joke. The WCSO didnt solve jack. The boy confessed. Wakulla County is ranked #8 in crime in florida, think about that... The only way to chnage things is to vote out Crum,Langston,Karen Day,Jarrod Miller,Danny Harrell, Fred Nichols, Bill Poole, (retired) and many of the other cronies that do the bare minimum patrols and law enforcement for this county.
  • by James 2 on Apr 11, 2012 at 07:11 AM
    Nay, the CONCERNED CITIZEN solved the crimes. Now the Sheriff's Department takes the credit. What a hoot. Their intense interrogations lead to the confessions? Right. Nay again. The guy just gave it up. Easy arrests. Makes an incompetent SO look competent. Wakulla is number SEVEN in the highest crime rate in Florida, as even compares to the large municipalities like Miami, Orlando, Jacksonville, etc. Get this: Highest Crime In Florida; example as follows: #1 - Miami-Dade #2 - Orlando #3 - Jacksonville #4 - Tampa #5 - Ft. Lauderdale #6 - Daytona #7 - Wakulla County #8 - St. Petersburg #9 - Pompano Etc, etc, etc... YOU GET THE DRIFT. Crimes pays in Wakulla. We need a new sheriff who has NOT been right under ole Harvey's nasty, corrupt armpit for 30 years. Langston will be more of the same. Bye-bye Harvey Regime in 2012!!! :)
  • by Robby on Apr 11, 2012 at 05:07 AM
    this is why people should walk around their neighborhood and "profile" people who look suspicious/out of place. It would also be a good idea to have a loud GUN. Stand your ground is a great principle that will have some Thugs thinking twice about breaking in someones house.People are committing crimes without regard to the impact it will have on their children and loved ones.
  • by Mj Location: Not on Apr 10, 2012 at 10:01 PM
    Good job WCSO! Now there is one down go get the other 5000 thieves in that crooked county.
  • by LC2 on Apr 10, 2012 at 08:16 PM
    What was he planning to do with the screen?
  • by Guy Location: Here on Apr 10, 2012 at 03:27 PM
    A thief deserves what a thief gets...hopefully lots of time in the Harvey Hotel.
  • by MH Location: Tallahassee on Apr 10, 2012 at 02:52 PM
    Michele...are you serious? "Good" people don't STEAL from other people...don't break into their homes and damage their property TO steal from them. You're about as smart as he is. I'm sure he's not the most evil soul on Earth, but he is not a "good person".
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