CRESTVIEW — The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has recovered much of the $20,000 in stolen property taken from a Crestview business around Thanksgiving.
Roberto Luis Solis, 28, was initially charged Nov. 29 with armed burglary, grand theft over $20,000 and dealing in stolen property, according to the Sheriff's Office.
As the investigation progressed, he also was charged with grand theft, burglary and providing false information to a pawn broker.
Solis alllegedly broke into the Crestview Wholesale business at 984 W. James Lee Blvd. and took items that included knives and axes, according to a report from the Sheriff's Office.
Sheriff's deputies identified Solis from an image on a surveillance video at Crestview Wholesale and a shoe imprint left at the scene that matched his "Ewing" shoes, according to his arrest report.
Solis confessed to deputies that he entered the property by cutting a chain link fence Thanksgiving morning, according to the Sheriff's Office. He entered the building and stayed for four hours stealing knives and axes. He also told deputies he went back the next morning and stole more items that he said were worth more than $20,000.
He claimed he "did the math and research" on what he stole, the report said.
Deputies learned Solis pawned some of the stolen goods and gave away other items to people who were unaware of the crime. Most of the stolen goods were recovered, but Solis told deputies an unknown number of items were given away and that he "can't completely recall what items or who he gave them to," according to the report.