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.