OKEECHOBEE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
OFFICE OF THE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS DIVISION
Persons/Property Crimes-Narcotics-Street Crimes-Crime Scene /Evidence-Crime Analyst-
Public Information Officer- Victims Assistance Coordinator-
Crisis Negotiation Team- K-9-Sexual Offender Unit
On Monday September 22, 2014, at approximately 8:30 a.m. a deputy responded to Highway 70 West and the east corner of SW 67 Drive (Okeechobee, Florida) in reference to a criminal mischief complaint. A telephone (Sprint) wire box was found knocked over and sustained approximately $20,000 in damage.
Information was obtained that a video existed of the incident. The video depicts an unknown make and model possibly extended cab truck entering the crime scene area on Saturday night, September 20, 2014, at approximately 11:45 p.m. and remaining there for approximately one hour with the headlights on. At approximately 12:40 a.m. Sunday, September 21, 2014, the truck proceeds forward running into the wire box. It backs up and runs over the box approximately four other times destroying the unit. The truck then leaves the area traveling Hwy 70 eastbound into town (Okeechobee).
During the review of the video, vehicles were observed entering into the Lazy 7 / Sunset Strip Airpark sub-division passing by the suspect vehicle and scene. The information obtained from the video will be forwarded to both Crime Stoppers and the local news affiliates in an attempt to obtain potential suspect information from anyone that may have seen the vehicle in the area at that time.
Approximately $20,000 in damage to both the unit and the wires associated with the Sprint telephone system and repairs. An exact estimate will not be known until all the damage is repaired. Anyone having information regarding the incident may remain anonymous and call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273-TIPS (8477) or Detective Lieutenant Brad Stark at the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division at 863-763-3117, ext. 5103.
Fugitive Returned to Okeechobee to Face Charges
Conrad Anthony Thitchener, age 46
On September 22, 2014, Thitchener was transported by the U.S. Prison Transport from Poughkeepsie, New York
to the Okeechobee County Jail to face the following charges:
(4) counts-Forcible Sexual Battery, Victim Over 12 Years of Age
In addition, Thitchener was arrested on an unrelated warrant for Criminal Mischief-$1000 or More
Thitchener fled Okeechobee County prior to an arrest being made. He was later apprehended in New York.
Bond will be set at first appearance.
Sheriff May said of the arrest, "When you commit a crime like Mr. Thitchener is alleged to have committed, there is no running and hiding. We will go anywhere to bring someone back to answer these charges. We're thankful to the police in New York for apprehending him and we will let the Criminal Justice System take its course."
A sobriety checkpoint was conducted by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office, along with members of the Okeechobee City Police Department and Florida Highway Patrol, on Friday, September 19, 2014 from 9:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. in the 500 block of Highway 70 East in Okeechobee.
In all, 190 vehicles passed through the zone. There was one arrest for DUI; three misdemeanor drug arrests; one arrest for a separate criminal offense; Twelve citations for non-moving/moving offenses; ten warnings issued; one Driving While License Suspended citation; two criminal citations for no valid driver's license; three criminal citations issued for Possession of Marijuana Under (20) Grams, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Expired Tag for More than a Year; three warnings issued for various offenses and two citations issued for moving related offenses.
MOBILE METH LAB, TWO ARRESTED
Bruce Douglas Bolling, age 51
James W. Smith, age 25