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Convenience Store Robbery Suspect Identified

May 20, 2015

Tyrone Jenkins

At about 3:45 p.m. Friday afternoon (05/15/15) an armed robbery was reported at the Kangaroo convenience store at US 17 and West River Road north of Palatka. The clerk reported that a black male wearing overalls, a blue shirt and a green hard hat walked into the store and demanded money from the cash drawer. According to the clerk the suspects kept his hand in his pocket indicating he was armed, but did not display a weapon. After taking the money from the register, the suspect got into a small blue SUV and drove away. The clerk was not harmed.

A few minutes after the responding deputies arrived at the robbery scene, a citizen called the Sheriff’s Office reporting a blue Jeep SUV driving recklessly on Beech Street just north of Palatka. Additional officers responded and found a blue 2006 Jeep abandoned along the railroad tracks by the Old Jacksonville Highway. Following the recovery of the Jeep, detectives contacted the registered owner who told them that his grandson, 38 years old Tyrone Demond Jenkins, had been driving the SUV. Detectives also were able to recover photos of the robber from the store video system, and Jenkins’ grandfather positively identified the suspect as his grandson.

The case was assigned to Detective Lynn Nicely, who through his investigation was able to obtain an arrest warrant for Jenkins charging him with robbery. His bond has been set at $150,004.00. At present Jenkins has not been located and arrested.

Detectives Seek Information Related to Murder Investigation

May 20, 2015

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help from anyone who may have information regarding an active murder investigation that took place in San Mateo. Detective Nicole Thomas has been leading the investigation since the night of January 18, 2015, when Thomas Joseph Wall II was found murdered at his home on Landmark Avenue in San Mateo. At the time of the discovery, teams from the Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit, the Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Crime Scene Unit all descended on the murder scene.

Detective Thomas is assigned as case agent and has continued the investigation. She has followed all available leads, and has chased down many tips received in the case. However, the closure of this case has remained allusive. Thomas Wall was known as a family man who left behind a wife and two small children. He was well thought of in the community and was a caring baseball coach.

In an effort to bring closure to this case, as well as to Thomas Wall’s grieving family, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office is urging anyone who might have any information regarding this case to contact Detective Nicole Thomas at (386) 329-0831 or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-277-8477. Callers may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward.

Crime Stoppers Honors Local Law Enforcement

May 20, 2015

Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida is recognizing our communities' heroic officers at their 17 th Annual Community Banquet Honoring Law Enforcement. This year the banquet recognizes 20 law enforcement officers in the 7th Judicial Circuit who have been nominated by their supervisors for outstanding service. The 17th Annual Community Banquet Honoring Local Law Enforcement will be held at the Daytona Beach Ocean Center on May 21st, beginning at 6PM.

Of the 20 nominees, one "Law Enforcement Officer of the Year 2015" is selected for each county (Volusia, Flagler, St. Johns and Putnam). The Officer of the Year award is additional recognition for their outstanding accomplishments in law enforcement. In addition to the four “Officer of the Year” recipients, one nominee will be named the winner of the “Spirit of Law Enforcement” award.

Cheryl Lawson-Young, President-Elect of Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida’s Board of Directors said, "All nominees are given recognition by virtue of their nomination. Each has been selected for their accomplishments and outstanding dedication to law enforcement and each will be presented with an award that expresses our appreciation for their heroic contributions to society."

Those attending the banquet will gain insight into the important work and dedicated service that is given every day by these public servants. The nominees are listed below.

Crime Stoppers works with the law enforcement agencies of the 7th Judicial Circuit by providing the Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line. The Tip Line serves Volusia, Flagler, Putnam and St John counties and allows anonymous citizens to provide information to law enforcement, information which may help solve crimes.

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Counterfeit Money Investigation in Welaka Area

May 18, 2015

Putnam County Sheriff’s Office detectives are following up on two cases of counterfeit twenty dollar bills passed at a Kangaroo store in Welaka over the weekend. Deputy Tyler Miller reported that at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday (05/16/15), four men walked into the Kangaroo store and each of them bought several items. When the men paid for their items, two of them attempted to pay with counterfeit twenty dollar bills. Realizing the bills were not real, the clerk was able to seize the fake money and report the incident to the Sheriff’s Office. The clerk also was able to provide a description of the suspects.

A second report of a counterfeit twenty dollar bill was received Sunday afternoon (05/17/15 at 2:00 p.m.) when a Welaka woman paid for her purchase with a counterfeit bill at the same Kangaroo store. According to a report by Deputy Tanya Wiley, the customer reported that she had received the bill when she shopped at the Dollar General Store, also located in Welaka, and was given the twenty dollar bill when she received change for her purchase.

All of the bills have been turned over to the Sheriff’s Office and Detectives are continuing the investigation. So far the only reports of counterfeit money have been received from the Welaka area.

Convenience Store Robbery being Investigated

May 18, 2015

At about 3:45 p.m. Friday afternoon (05/15/15) an armed robbery was reported at the Kangaroo convenience store at US 17 and West River Road north of Palatka. The clerk reported that a black male wearing overalls, a blue shirt and a green hard hat walked into the store and demanded money from the cash drawer. According to the clerk the suspects kept his hand in his pocket indicating he was armed, but did not display a weapon. After taking the money from the register, the suspect got into a small blue SUV and drove away. The clerk was not harmed.

A few minutes after the responding deputies arrived at the robbery scene, a citizen called the Sheriff’s Office reporting a blue Jeep SUV driving recklessly on Beech Street just north of Palatka. Additional officers responded and found a blue 2006 Jeep abandoned along the railroad tracks by the Old Jacksonville Highway.

Detectives have been assigned to the robbery investigation and are following additional leads.

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