Crime creeps into east Pensacola, more like roars into the area

January 19, 2013

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The daily newspaper reports that there were 526 residential burglaries in the city in 2012 –300 in last nine month of the year. This i a 15-percent increase over up from 455 reported in 2011. Based on emails and phone calls that I’ve received, January 2013 hasn’t been much better.

Police Report: Two suspects in a massive burglary ring that stretched between Gulf Breeze and Perdido Key have been arrested.

Warrants were served Friday morning on:

– John Flynn, 19, of 910 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., Pensacola. He was charged with nine burglaries and one grand theft auto.

– Jo’Kavious Wilson, 18, of 445 Hyacinth Dr., Pensacola. He was charged with seven burglaries and one grand theft auto.

Eight burglary and one grand theft warrants also are active on Decker Brooks, 21, of 910 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., Pensacola. He has not yet been taken into custody. Flynn and Brooks are brothers.

A fourth suspect also is facing at least eight burglary charges but warrants on him are not yet active.

“We’ve increased our presence both proactively and during the investigative process as a result of recent burglaries,” said Chief Chip W. Simmons. “We are pleased to be able to make these arrests and hold these people accountable for the crimes they’ve committed within our city. This is just the beginning of the arrests we anticipate for individuals responsible for these burglaries.”

Detective Danny Harnett said the males are suspects in excess of 50 residential burglaries that occurred since August 2012. More charges are pending on these and other suspects as the investigation continues.Among items taken were televisions, computers, alcohol, guns, coins, and a vehicle. Detectives are still trying to determine what the suspects did with the items.

Harnett said the investigation determined that Flynn was the leader of the group, who typically committed burglaries during daytime hours by ringing doorbells or knocking on doors. When no one answered, they would kick doors in for access to residences.

While there is no sure fire way to prevent burglaries, Harnett encouraged people to be more vigilant of their neighbors’ homes, and if they see suspicious activities to notify appropriate law enforcement agencies.

Wilson was one of two suspects arrested for a burglary that occurred December 6, 2012 on Whitney Drive.

In the Whitney Drive incident, two Pensacola Police officers saw Wilson and Desmond Phillip, 20, of 1919 North Q St., Pensacola, at the front door of a house in the 600 block of Whitney Drive. The suspects refused officer orders to stop, and instead, got into a vehicle parked in the driveway. The vehicle, which had been reported stolen in the county, was then put into reverse and accelerated toward the officers, who fired at it as it fled the area. That burglary occurred the same day as three others the suspects were charged with today.

In addition to Harnett, detectives Brad Buddin and Justin Roedel are handling the investigation.


There was also an armed robbery in east Pensacola.

Police Report:  Pensacola Police are searching for a man who robbed a local convenience store at gunpoint Tuesday night.

The incident occurred around 10 p.m. at the Majik Market, 885 Scenic Highway.

A 48-year-old male employee told Officer Ozzie Teeters a man wearing a ski mask entered the store, pointed a handgun at him and demanded an undisclosed amount of money. The employee complied and the suspect fled the business on foot.

The suspect was described as a white male, approximately 6 feet tall and 180 pounds. He was wearing a gray hoodie and a black ski mask.

Anyone having information on the incident is asked to contact the Pensacola Police Department at 435–1900.


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  • stolen January 20, 2013 at 7:14 am

    it remains to be seen whether these arrests will put a crimp in the East Hill and Cordova Park burglaries that have been escalating over the last year and a half.

  • CJ Lewis January 19, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    PPD deserves credit for an increased presence in recent months to include undercover officers prowling the streets looking for suspicious activities, especially during the daytime when many working people are away from home their castles undefended.

    In some cases, thieves just pull up in front of house in the middle of the day and take what they want from the car port. A lot of people don’t even to make a police report. One neighbor told me someone tried to take his generator. He knows because it was lifted off its base in the backyard but then they couldn’t lift it over the fence, they put it down. They likely saw the generator when they ripped him off a few weeks earlier.

    Last year, someone fired a 9mm pistol into the air over on Keating Road but, thankfully, there haven’t been any firefights in our immediate area. Neighbors found the shell casings. The falling rounds presumably landed harmlessly in lawns or embedded themselves in roofs.

    On the upside, the increased PPD presence has secondary benefits. We had a two car wreck at Hilltop & Forest Glen this morning. A PPD cruiser was on the scene within a few minutes of Dispatch being notifed by my wife who heard the smash-up inside the house. By the time one of the accident victims, in the losing car that got squashed, had the presence of mind to think to call the police, PPD was turning the corner. There’s nothing more comforting in the neighborhood than a PPD cruiser rolling by even on a day when nothing seems to be going on, as far as we know.

    On the downside, anticipating the crime is going to increase or stay at this new real or perceived elevated level, friends are more often talking about taking what they can get for their house and moving as the neighborhood declines. The safety of Santa Rosa County is not far away.

    Our area, Scenic Heights and environs, is handicapped by the helter-skelter zig-zag of the city/non-city line. It might help if the City and County could formulate an interlocal agreement to give PPD the lead patrolling and responding to calls for service east of I-110 and south of I-10. On the downside, as far as I can tell, the two local governments have only held one joint meeting in two years so I’m not holding my breath.

  • Tom Hoffman January 19, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    I think this again raises the issue of consolidating the City and the County. We have a division of county and city borders that is hard to follow. I think that one law enforcement agency that would have knowledge of crimes and suspected criminals across the entire Pensacola region would be more efficient. Additionally, I think having one force would save money and allow for more law enforcement to be on the streets.