CHIPLEY – Two Southport men are in custody after an investigation of a home burglary ended.

Washington County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) received a report of a burglary on January 1 after the homeowner claimed multiple household items including appliances had been stolen from the home.

The items were reported to have been possibly transported to a location in Bay County.

Following multiple interviews by WCSO investigators, the suspects were identified William Anthony Murray, 34, and Austin Lee McEntire, 28, both of Southport.

Both Murray and McEntire are currently in custody in the Bay County Jail where they are being held for transport to Washington County on the charges of burglary of a dwelling and grand theft.

Murray was also arrested on a Bay County warrant for violation of state probation on previous charges of dealing in stolen property and grand theft of a motor vehicle.

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