Marianna resident Anthony Sawyer, 31, has been charged with burglary of a structure, grand theft, dealing in stolen property and violation of state probation following a burglary in Grand Ridge, according to a press release from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.
Authorities say that, on June 22, JCSO officers responded to a residence in the Grand Ridge community in reference to a burglary complaint. The homeowner provided the deputy with pictures of a suspect and vehicle that were captured on the trail cameras he had set up around his property.
This case was assigned to the agency’s investigations division and photographs of the suspect vehicle were forwarded to the patrol division to see if anyone recognized it.
A patrol deputy recognized the vehicle as matching the description of a similar vehicle he had seen recently at Blondie’s in Grand Ridge. The deputy was familiar with the driver he had seen at Blondie’s, and knew the subject did not have a valid driver’s license, authorities say.
On June 25, authorities say, the officer saw the vehicle again with the same individual driving, and, knowing the man did not have a valid license, the deputy conducted a traffic stop and detained the driver, identified as Anthony Sawyer of Marianna.
The vehicle Sawyer was driving was identified as a match to the ones seen in the pictures from the burglary from obvious damage to the vehicle, according to the release.
Sawyer spoke to an investigator and gave a post-Miranda statement admitting to the burglary, officials say. He was arrested and taken to the Jackson County jail to await first appearance on the charges listed.