Apalachicola police last week arrested two adult men, and two male juveniles, in connection with a series of residential and car burglaries in the city over the last several weeks.
Arrested in different incidents was 34-year-old Lance A. Flowers, 30 Gibson Road, Apalachicola, and 21-year-old Kamron Lee Barwick, 8543 Highway 386, Wewahitchka. Two young males, neither over age 15, were also arrested with Barwick, and they are being held at a juvenile justice facility in Tallahassee.
Flowers was arrested by Apalachicola Police Officer Timmy Davis in connection to an incident last month at a residence on Tenth Street. Flowers is alleged to have broken into the house and stolen medications, as well as having broken into a car parked at the residence and stolen a handgun.
According to Franklin County Sheriff Office Detective Brett Johnson, Flowers also broken into two other vehicles that same day, parked at residences on 24th Street and Bobby Cato Street. From one car, Flowers snatched a bag full of personal items. In the other instance, Johnson said, the car alarm went off and Flowers fled.
Apalachicola Police Chief Bobby Varnes said Flowers is under investigation for the attempted break-in of two pickup trucks in the Lafayette Park area the night of Dec. 27, 2013. The chief said Flowers has not been charged in that incident, which was thwarted by Apalachicola Police Officer Sgt. John "Chet" Turner who drove by the scene while patrolling the city.
Flowers was taken to the Franklin County Jail on charges of burglary of an occupied dwelling, two counts of burglary of a conveyance, grand theft of a firearm and petit theft.
On a separate unrelated arrest made by Apalachicola Police Officer Ginger Creamer, Barwick was jailed for the attempted Dec. 31, 2013 robbery of an Apalachicola man who was riding his bicycle at the time in the area of 17th Street.
Barwick was driving a truck, accompanied by the two male juveniles, when they pulled up to the victim and opened the door, throwing the man off his bicycle, said Johnson. Once the man was knocked to the ground, the three exited the vehicle and tried to rob him, said the detective.
Johnson said a search of the juveniles yielded three gold watches, and a fourth one in the truck, all of which are believed to have been stolen.
Barwick was taken to the county jail and charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and attempted armed robbery with a deadly weapon.
The investigation into past break-ins is still pending and officers are asking anyone with information regarding these incidents to please contact the Apalachicola Police Department at 653-9755.