By: WCTV Eyewitness News
January 8, 2019
WAKULLA COUNTY, Fla. (WCTV) -- Two juveniles have been arrested in connection to a business burglary in Panacea last week.
The burglary happened around 2 a.m. on January 3 at Crum’s Mini-Mall.
The Wakulla County Sheriff's Office says an employee first noticed multiple lighters missing from the front counter. The store owner then reviewed video surveillance footage and saw that two suspects had broken in through a glass door, causing approximately $2,500 in damage.
The suspects then stole various items, including lighters, condoms, cigarettes and cigars.
Surveillance images were shared to Facebook, resulting in numerous calls from the public on the identity of the suspects. The suspects were soon identified as two juveniles, ages 13 and 14.
The suspects were brought in by the mother of one of the juveniles for questioning. The items stolen during the burglary were then found at one of the juvenile's homes.
Detectives placed both juveniles under arrest for burglary, grand theft and criminal mischief and booked them into the Wakulla County Jail.
Sheriff Jared Miller said, "The timely resolution of this investigation occurred because the close knit community of Panacea rallied together to solve a crime; a parent of a juvenile exercised responsibility and did all they could to rectify the situation; and everyone involved worked collaboratively with the Detectives investigating the matter. While the burglary was unfortunate, the cooperation of everyone involved highlighted some of the greatness of the Panacea community.”