The Panama City Beach Police Department announces the arrest of Michael B. Coker, 17 years of age, of Youngstown and Brandon K. Bell, 17 years of age, of Panama City.
The arrests stem from an investigation into multiple car burglaries that occurred in the area of Seaclusion Beach subdivision on May 7.
Thanks to one of the victims providing police with a surveillance video of suspects, investigators were able to identify the suspects with the assistance of local media groups and the community.
The Bay County Sheriff's Office received a tip that the suspects were staying at the Microtel Hotel. Based on that information, deputies responded and arrested Coker and Bell on outstanding juvenile pickup orders.
The Panama City Beach Police Department charged Coker and Bell with eight counts of burglary, one count of grand theft, six counts of petit theft and one count of criminal mischief. The investigation is ongoing and they are currently in the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice.
Information provided by the Panama City Beach Police Department