Three nabbed for Destin grab-and-run theft attempt

DESTIN, Fla., Nov. 29, 2021—Destin experienced an attempt at a grab-and-run theft similar to the crime making headlines on the West Coast.

The difference is the alleged perpetrators didn’t get away with it.

Attempts to make a getaway after grabbing items from a Destin business Sunday afternoon failed for three Pensacola residents after Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies made a traffic stop on the trio in a white Dodge Ram pickup truck and recovered the stolen merchandise.

Deputies received a call around 4 p.m. Sunday of two men grabbing nearly $2,700 worth of clothing from the Hibbett Sporting Goods store in the Paradise Key shopping center across from Destin Commons and running out.

Levarion Dewayne Howard, 23; Pierre Andrew Roach, 32; and Jennifer Lynn Gaddy, 41, gathered clothes from around the store and placed them onto a clothing rack near the front door, according to the arrest reports.

After Gaddy left to retrieve the pickup truck, Howard and Roach grabbed the clothes and ran out the door, fleeing in the truck.

As they were making their getaway, Gaddy hit an object in the parking lot, damaging the rear passenger door, but failed to stop, according to the report.

Deputies later spotted the white truck westbound on Okaloosa Island.

Levarion Howard was found hiding under a tiki hut after fleeing from the traffic stop. (Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office photo)

Howard bailed out and ran when the traffic stop was initiated and was later located hiding under a tiki hut on the beach.

Deputies found the bed of the truck and backseat full of items from other stores.

Howard, Roach and Gaddy are each charged with grand theft. Gaddy faces an additional count of possession of an anti-theft countermeasure device.

Roach and Howard are also charged with resisting the recovery of property and Howard with resisting arrest without violence.

The investigation continues.

Staff and Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office news release

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