The Bay County Sheriff's Office is currently investigating nearly 20 vehicle burglaries in the Kingwood and Northshore areas of Bay County that have taken place over the past three to four weeks.
A recent incident occurred on June 16, 2012 involving a vehicle parked at a residence on West 30th Court in Panama City. The owner of the vehicle called the BCSO at about 3:30 a.m. to report a suspicious man on his property. The victim stated his vehicle had been burglarized recently and, as a result, he was checking his property frequently through the night out of concern the culprit would return. When he checked at 3:30 a.m. he saw a black male, about 6' tall, about 180 pounds standing in his driveway. BCSO deputies responded and searched the area but did not find the suspect described by the victim.
Later that same morning, at about 5:00 a.m., the victim again called for a deputy to respond to his home on West 30th Court. The victim stated he had just searched his yard and discovered a bicycle in his front yard by some bushes. The victim believed it could belong to the man he saw in his driveway earlier that morning. The bicycle was collected by Crime Scene to be processed. Subsequent investigation revealed that a man matching the description of the suspect was seen riding the bicycle in the same area a few days earlier. Photos of the bicycle have been released by the BCSO. Anyone who may know the owner of the bicycle is asked to contact the Bay County Sheriff's Office at 747-4700 or Crime Stoppers at 785-TIPS.
BCSO investigators encourage the public to remove all valuable items from vehicles and to be sure to lock vehicle doors. Nearly all burglarized vehicles are unlocked at the time of the crime.
Information provided by the Bay County Sheriff's Office