JEWELRY STORE THIEF SHOT BY STORE OWNER SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS IN PRISON

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November 19, 2018

WALTON COUNTY, Fla—  A suspect who stole more than $80,000 in jewelry from a Miramar Beach business in 2017 will spend a decade behind bars in the Florida Department of Corrections.

Today, Joshua Shannon Graves was sentenced by Judge Kelvin Wells to 10 years in prison for grand theft ($20,000, but less than $100,000), burglary of an occupied dwelling, possession of burglary tools, criminal mischief ($1,000 or greater), and wearing a mask on the property of another.  The sentencing was announced Tuesday by State Attorney Bill Eddins office. Graves previously entered a plea of no-contest straight to the Court for this charge on September 19, 2019.

Graves was one of two men who burglarized K&M Jewelers on April 29, 2017. Graves and one additional suspect broke into the store with a crowbar and quickly began smashing display cases.

The owner of the store, who was living above the business, heard the break-in and armed himself. When he went downstairs to confront the burglars the two men moved towards him. The owner opened fire and hit Graves in the arm. Both men fled the store with $80,000 in jewelry. The third suspect was waiting in the getaway vehicle. The entire incident was captured on surveillance video in and outside of the business.

STORE OWNER FIRES SHOTS AT ARMED SUSPECTS; WCSO SEEKING INFORMATION Miramar Beach, Fla— Shots are fired inside a Walton County jewelry store after two suspects break into the business armed with a crow bar and a hammer.Deputies responded to 12889 U.S. Highway 98 W just before 11 p.m. Saturday following a 911 call from the store’s owner. The caller said he fired and unknown number of shots and may have hit one of the suspects before they both fled the scene on foot.The incident was captured on surveillance video and the suspects were wearing black masks and hoodies. The videos showed two suspects breaking in the door and entering; one to the left and one to the right. They break the display cases using a hammer and the other with a crowbar. While they begin to take jewelry out of the cases the victim comes around the corner firing an unknown amount of shots.As one subject exits the store, he drops or throws the pillowcase with the items he attempted to steal to the left of the door. You can hear him say something as he exits. He is then seen hobbling as he runs away and falls again in the parking lot. It is unknown at this time if he was shot or not.The suspects are described as two white males, approximately 5 feet 9 inches tall. One may have sustained an injury from the incident and could be limping. If you have any information about this case you are asked to call the Walton County Sheriff’s Office at (850)-892-8111.

Posted by Walton County Sheriff, Michael A. Adkinson, Jr. on Sunday, April 30, 2017

An investigation by the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Bureau led to the identification of Graves and his co-defendants. All three men were arrested in Alabama.

After resolving an Alabama criminal case, Graves was transported back to Florida to face burglary charges.  He has previously been convicted of burglary and had multiple prior theft convictions.

Assistant State Attorney Matthew Richardson prosecuted the case.

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