CHIPLEY — A Bonifay man was arrested on burglary charges after Chipley Police received a tip from Wal-Mart on Monday, according to a news release.
Arrested was Jon Paul Nordt, 33, of Bonifay, in connection with charges of burglary of a conveyance.
Chipley officers were alerted when the department received a call from Wal-Mart reporting a suspicious person who was attempting to gain access to vehicles in the parking lot, according to the release from the Chipley Police Department.
When officers arrived at the store, they discovered a vehicle burglary had occurred in the parking lot. Witnesses stated that they observed a man wearing a blue Florida Gators jersey, shorts and white flip flops get into the car and remove a purse from the vehicle, according to the report.
Witnesses stated that the man then got into a silver car and departed the area and provided a Florida tag number to police. A “BOLO” was issued for the vehicle, and deputies with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office located and stopped the vehicle on U.S. 90.
Investigators responded to the scene and identified Nordt as the suspect, according to the release.
“Without the assistance of the public, successful arrest such as this would not be possible,” said Police Chief Kevin Crews. “It is always good when we can catch a burglar shortly after the crime is committed and without the assistance of the public our jobs would be much more difficult. I would like to take the time to say thank you to those who came forward with information in regards to this case.”
Crews said anyone with information about any illegal activity may call the Chipley Police Department at 638-6310 or contact Crime Stoppers at 638-TIPS.”