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More Than 60 Homes and Cars Burglarized in South Walton; Residents on Alert

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A rash of burglaries in South Walton County, totaling more than 60 cases, has the Sheriff's office on high alert.

Stolen items range from guns to fishing poles. There's no rhyme or reason, just anything that makes quick cash.

Deputies are working to see it the crimes are related, but for now they are simply urging residents to be mindful of suspicious activity.

"Lock your items in your home, in your car, keep your items secure in your boat," said Smith.

It's a message shared by home owner Doris Beam, who, along with her neighbors, have worked with the sheriff's office to spread the word.

"If you give someone and opportunity to open your car door, open your house door, without breaking in, it's a perfect opportunity for them to come in and take your stuff," said Beam.

The WCSO has increased presence in the area due to the heightened crime.

That presence let to the arrest, Monday, of 18 year old Victor Nguyen. He's accused of violently battering a deputy trying to detain him after he was discovered intoxicated and acting suspicious.

"We're trying to spread the word. Be aware of what's going on in your neighborhood. Anybody that looks out of place or if you have any kind of suspicion about someone or some kind of activity that you see, call us and let us know," said Smith.

While law enforcement works to determine if the crimes are related, Smith said you can never do too much to ensure your safety.

If you have any information on these burglaries, you are urged to call the Walton County Sheriff's Office: 850-892-8111