Stolen Vehicle Crashed Into Cantonment Home; Gun, Cupcakes Stolen In Six Other Vehicle Burglaries

February 8, 2019

A vehicle was stolen in the Ironhorse subdivision in Cantonment early Friday morning and a second stolen vehicle crashed into house a short distance away.

A 2015 Nissan Rogue was taken from a home on Chesapeake Trail, just off County Road 97, during the early morning hours, and six unlocked vehicles on the same street were burglarized.

Also overnight, a suspect crashed a Nissan Altima into a brick home less than a mile away on Silver Ridge Drive. The vehicle traveled through the dining room and into an interior wall to the garage about 3:45 a.m. No one in the home was injured.  The suspect fled on foot, according to Maj. Andrew Hobbs of the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. He was described as a black male with dreadlocks wearing a white hoodie.

The Nissan Altima was stolen earlier this month from Metford Avenue in the Monclair area.

A handgun and cupcakes were among the items stolen from six unlocked vehicles on Chesapeake Trail. The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office Gun Response Team is involved in the investigation due to the stolen firearm.

“We just can’t stress enough how important it is to lock your vehicle,” Hobbs said.

The possible connection between the two incidents remains under investigation.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the ECSO at (850) 436-9620 or to remain anonymous call Gulf Coast Crime Stoppers at (850) 433-STOP. Crime Stoppers callers can be eligible for a cash reward.

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22 Responses to “Stolen Vehicle Crashed Into Cantonment Home; Gun, Cupcakes Stolen In Six Other Vehicle Burglaries”

  1. Mike on February 11th, 2019 3:19 am

    Man I hope them cupcakes weren’t loaded :)

  2. David Huie Green on February 10th, 2019 10:51 pm

    “This is a serious offense and should have serious punitive consequences including loss of gun privileges and a hefty fine for the owner.”

    Please consider:
    “…the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

    …the right of the people to keep and bear Arms as long as they are kept in an impregnable safe, shall not be infringed.


    ..the right of the people to keep and bear Arms other than in a car, shall not be infringed.

    Many despise the Second Amendment of the Constitution because criminals crazies, and kids hurt themselves and others through the unlawful use of weapons, but saying arms can only be kept a certain way violates the wording.

    Understand I am not saying it is wise, but think long and hard about making it illegal. As has been pointed out, this could be applied to kitchen knives. It could also apply to ropes, clubs, hoes, gasoline, lighters, spray bottles, propane bottles… anything which could be misused.

    David for the lawful

  3. Howie on February 9th, 2019 2:30 pm

    Escambia County Sheriff’s Dept. has preached and preached about locking your doors. Cars, homes, trailer hitches. commercial equipment and etc. to make it more difficult for a thief to steal it. Thieves won’t spend too much time trying to steal. They go for the more easy to get and go.

    NOTE: Something else people don’t realize that will work. Kicking in a door or a crowbar attack would be much harder if you replace the screws in the latch strike plate on your door frame with screws twice as long. (3 to 3 1/2″ wood screws)

  4. Rational on February 9th, 2019 10:00 am

    People, just lock your cars and lock your doors of your house. And if guns (and cupcakes) were not readily available, we would not be having any of these discussions.

  5. Janet on February 9th, 2019 9:28 am

    Leaving a gun in a locked or unlocked car while parked at the residence is crazy. Guns should be under supervision of legal gun owner and left in cars is just asking for it to be taken by the low life’s that wait for the opportunity to steal. It’s a rare theft that stops for cupcakes. Smh

  6. ekg on February 9th, 2019 9:24 am

    Anyone opening another person’s vehicle…or any other property…without permission is committing a severe crime….whether the car is locked or not. However, I agree that people now days should be locking up everything they own as do I, and I never leave a gun inside my car at night….I need it to shoot at the ding-dong that tries to invade my property.

  7. Christian on February 9th, 2019 3:03 am

    If my knife is stolen out of my car should I be charged if it is used in a crime? Come on now people, stop shifting the burden away from blatant criminals. It’s almost like yall are making an excuse for them to be prowling in the middle of the night with the intent to burglarize vehicles. Whereas the latter just forgot to lock their car.

    I had my glock 17 stolen out of my locked vehicle. The car was unlocked in a relay attack where the key fob signal was hacked.
    Very hard to prove but some of these in the article could be the case.

  8. Thorsen on February 8th, 2019 9:37 pm

    Slippery slope indeed. Charging a legal gun owner who has had their firearm stolen and used in a crime. On the other hand,, It is irresponsible leaving your concealed so easily accessible and unattended. If you have an EDC you should consciously make the decision to conceal every morning. Not wake up to notice your vehicular safe is missing. We are making it too easy for those who do not abide.

  9. paul on February 8th, 2019 9:31 pm

    Firearms need to be kept in a secure location. I don’t keep one on the mantle and I don’t advertise that I even have one. I have a safe for them. I always lock my house also. ;)

  10. Really??? on February 8th, 2019 9:28 pm

    I do not condone the criminal activity stated here but really people, this is 2019 not 1950. For goodness sake, lock your cars and houses – especially if you are going to leave a gun in the car! I mean that is just common sense.

  11. Jonathan Greene on February 8th, 2019 7:30 pm

    Marshall… so if your vehicle gets stolen, you deserve to be punished if that vehicle is used in the commission of a crime? That’s a high standard brother. Clearly you’ve never left your vehicle unlocked before. You’re a solid keyboard hero. Best of luck the rest of your hypocritically judgements life.

    AAR for your comments: focus on the actual criminal, hero.

  12. Dale Flowers on February 8th, 2019 7:20 pm

    Whatever one’s thoughts might be about a person leaving a firearm in an unlocked car or house I wouldn’t lose my focus on the criminal who burglarizes and steals it.

    Should the owner of a shotgun or pistol that might be left in a closet or a hunting rifle over the mantel that gets stolen by a thief who sneaks in an unlocked house while the owner is in another room be equally penalized in the same harsh manner and that be reason enough for that person not ever owning a gun again, and should they be charged as an accessory to any crimes that might be committed with that weapon?

    Slippery slope there. I might caution the innocent to act responsibly but focus more on the criminal with sanctions.

  13. Cathy evers on February 8th, 2019 5:19 pm

    No….not the cupcakes.

  14. WTA on February 8th, 2019 5:12 pm

    My older sister was shot and killed almost 50 years ago by a gun being left in an unlocked car, a neighbor girl , came by and saw my nephews and a neighbor boy playing with the gun , they were very young , had gotten in the car found the gun. The girl took the gun from them and went in to give it to my sister, it discharged and my sister died instantly.never never leave a gun in a vehicle !!’

  15. Richardson on February 8th, 2019 4:42 pm

    It amazes me how the victims of these crimes are attacked but not the criminal. I realize that it’s not the 1960s when we didn’t have to lock our cars or houses. But put the blame on the criminals not the victims. And when this low life is caught I’ll bet he has a record. If you want to charge someone as an accessory charge the judges that keeps putting them back on the streets to commit more crimes.
    And yes you should secure your weapons.

  16. Cathy brown on February 8th, 2019 3:28 pm

    I don’t have a keyless car but I have left my purse in my car by accident. I always lock it though. If your fob is left in the car will it even lock?

  17. DLo on February 8th, 2019 1:42 pm

    Leave the gun…take the cupcakes

  18. Incomprehensible on February 8th, 2019 1:40 pm

    Leave your gun unsecured and unattended? This is a serious offense and should have serious punitive consequences including loss of gun privileges and a hefty fine for the owner. Jail time of course as an accessory if the gun is later used in a crime. This needs to be stopped so that innocent people do not get hurt and gun privileges are not taken away from everyone.

    This neighborhood has had property stolen from unlocked vehicles at least three times in the last ten years. This article has many locals talking and many have stories about stolen property from unlocked vehicles in their “nice” neighborhoods as well. It is going to happen. Face reality and lock your vehicle if you care.

  19. Mike on February 8th, 2019 1:17 pm

    I hope they manage to locate those cupcakes

  20. paul on February 8th, 2019 12:17 pm

    Leaving a gun in an unlocked vehicle should be reason enough for that person not ever owning a gun again. The LEO in Mobile was killed by one of those stolen guns.

  21. Marshall on February 8th, 2019 12:06 pm

    People leaving their vehicles unlocked, especially with a firearm in the vehicle, should be charged as accessories to the crimes. They are just making more unnecessary work for Law Enforcement and putting others lives at risk. Also makes me wonder, without keys being left in the vehicle, how they are so easily stolen?!

  22. Wondering on February 8th, 2019 11:52 am

    Wonder what color were the cupcakes.

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