One search warrant, two burglaries solved


Santa Rosa Beach man in the Walton County Jail on burglary and grand theft charges.

staff reports

SANTA ROSA BEACH — Two burglaries were solved after a search warrant was served on S. 4th Street by Walton County Sheriff’s Office deputies, landing one man behind bars.

According to a Sheriff’s Office news release, a burglary report was taken Tuesday from a victim missing approximately $5,000 in stolen property from storage trailers located on his property at S. 4th Street. WCSO deputies were able to locate a well-worn path in the woods leading from the crime scene to 173 S. 4th Street, which was just a few houses down from the victim’s home.

Deputies approached 43-year-old Jonathon Cranford after seeing a large amount of the stolen property visible in his front yard. Cranford admitted to taking the victim’s property and was arrested for burglary and grand theft on scene.

A search warrant was carried out Wednesday at Cranford’s residence where investigators were able to locate additional stolen property from a residential burglary on Allen Loop Drive on May 16. Two trailer loads of recovered property was returned to the rightful owners including a Dewalt chop saw with a portable table along with a Bostich pneumatic trim gun.

Cranford is charged with two counts of burglary and one count of grand theft. He is currently awaiting trial at the Walton County Jail. The investigation is still ongoing and additional charges are possible.