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Several poeple caught on camera committing crimes in Okaloosa County
OKALOOSA COUNTY -- Deputies are trying to track down several people caught on camera committing crimes in Okaloosa County. The group is accused of slashing car tires on Pocahontas Drive in Fort Walton Beach early Saturday morning. Neighbors say they're on edge because one of the suspects was carrying a gun.
Laura Hussey "People who live here on Pocahantas Drive in Fort Walton Beach say it's not unusual to see groups of kids roaming this street, day, sometimes night. But they say what they saw in that surveillance video is completely outrageous"
Voice of Brandon Brink "When I was growing up, it wasn't like that"
This is the same shot of Pocahantas Drive, taken from a homeowner's surveillance camera early Saturday morning. These young men are suspects in a case of felony criminal mischief.
Three of the four tires on this car were slashed, at the home where the cameras are located. But this isn't simple vandalism. The Sheriff's Office says one of the suspects is carrying a baseball bat, another, a knife. And in this suspect's hand, you can see a gun.
Brandon Brink "They flattened the tires, what if they decided to start popping off rounds, for whatever reason? I have kids that live upstairs there, you know? Right behind those three windows"
Next door neighbor Brandon Brink says he's worried, for everyone in the neighborhood. Nearby, Carol Nowling says she still feels safe, but she's not happy.
Carol Nowling/neighbor "Where are their parents? Why are these kids running the roads, because they're probably minors. And they're a bunch of little thugs that need to be put behind some bars and experience what it's going to be like if they continue that behavior"
The group scattered and ran when the car alarm went off. Brink says coming back could be a dangerous decision.
Brandon "I hope they catch 'em before they get hurt. I really do, 'cause they're going to come into the wrong person's yard at the wrong time and you know, instead of a police report, it's gonna be an obituary, you know?"
Laura Hussey "If you recognize anyone in that video, you're asked to call Crimestoppers at 863-TIPS. You don't have to give your name if you don't want to."