According to the Walton County Sheriff’s Office, one armed man is found inside a Santa Rosa Beach home owned by a Crossfit Coach and Boxing Champion.
On May 25th a victim awoke to find Albert Thompson, 28, inside her Santa Rosa Beach home on Veterans Road. Thompson attempted to steal $80 cash, but the victim was able to keep Thompson at the scene until deputies arrived.
“This guy picked the wrong house to burglarize,” said Sheriff Michael Adkinson. “Thankfully, the homeowner was quite capable of protecting herself and we were able to arrive quickly and put Thompson in custody.”
According to a news release, Thompson tried giving deputies a false identity in an attempt to evade prosecution. He was arrested and subsequently charged with felony burglary of an occupied dwelling and misdemeanor petit theft and obstruction by a disguised person. He was transported and booked into the Walton County Jail.
The Walton County Sheriff’s Office would like to encourage citizens to remember the HIDE, LOCK, TAKE message. HIDE your belongings, LOCK your doors, and TAKE your keys. Officials say a majority of burglaries are the result of homes and vehicles that are left unlocked.