Steak Salesman Charged with Porch Theft

Walton County, Fla. - A steak salesman is now behind bars after he was identified as a suspect in a package theft, Walton County deputies wrote in a news release.


On Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., deputies were called to S. Church Street in Santa Rosa Beach in reference to a theft. The caller advised a man in a white older model Chevrolet pickup with a white deep freezer in the truck bed stopped at his residence a few days prior trying to sell steaks. 


The man returned Wednesday and knocked on the door. The homeowner looked out the window and realized it was the same salesman as before and did not answer the door. He then saw the subject taking a cardboard box from the porch with him when he left.


After calling around to several steak delivery services, deputies were able to identify the suspect in this case as Tim Porter, 42, of Panama City Beach.


On Thursday two off-duty deputies were traveling west toward Destin when they saw the vehicle matching the description of the suspect’s truck from the burglary. The driver, positively identified as Porter, pulled into the Walmart where he was approached by WCSO and Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputies.  Porter admitted to the theft and was subsequently arrested for the burglary and petit theft.


The stolen property was recovered and given back to the victim.

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