WASHINGTON COUNTY - Two Chipley juveniles are facing multiple charges, including theft of tithes and offerings made at a local church.
The Washington County Sheriff's Office reports two burglaries have recently been reported at Courts of Praise Church, located at 1720 Clayton Road in Chipley.
Items reported stolen were listed as petty cash and offerings located in bank bags, food, sound monitors, and a bag of keys.
During the investigation, WCSO gathered information that led them to a parent of teens who lived nearby the church. When questioned by investigators, the parent advised she found items belonging to the church in the teens’ possession.
WCSO investigators interviewed the teens, at which time, each implicated the other in both burglaries.
The investigation led to an arrest of Keyshaun Everett and Caleb Shouppe, both 14, of Chipley. Everett and Shouppe are both charged with burglary of a structure, petit theft, and criminal mischief.
A pick-up order (warrant) was also issued for a third juvenile, 17 year-old Cameron Shouppe of Chipley.
During this time, Cameron Shouppe was believed to be accompanying a runaway juvenile, known as 15 year-old Haley Lamb, also of Chipley.
According to a report released by the Washington County Sheriff's Office, upon receiving information regarding the whereabouts of both Lamb and Cameron Shouppe, WCSO successfully located them at Shouppe’s mother’s house.
Shouppe was taken into custody and transported to the Bay Regional Juvenile Detention Center on charges of burglary of a structure, petit theft, and criminal mischief.
Lamb has been safely returned home to her family.
Washington County Sheriff Kevin Crews urges anyone with knowledge of crimes being committed to contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 850-638-6111. Tips may also be reported anonymously by calling 850-638-TIPS (8477) or by emailing at firstname.lastname@example.org.