Local Crime Watch: Dec 31

A sampling of recent police calls and criminal activity in the Gabber’s distribution area.


Murder Suspect Identified

Gulfport police identified a murder suspect believed to be involved in a murder that occurred on the 1400 block of 52nd St S. in March.

The nearly nine month investigation led to the identification of 25-year-old Jeffery Stephens who was a known drug dealer that sold illegal narcotics to the victim, 41-year-old Michael Dayton.

Stephens is currently in jail on unrelated charges and was officially charged with murder on Monday, December 21.

“We identified the suspect though good police investigation,” Detective Han Pham said, who assisted fellow detective Thomas Woodman in the investigation.

Stephens has previously been arrested for possession of cocaine, battery on a person of the age 65 and over, and resisting an officer.

Stranded Jet Skier Rescued

The Gulfport Fire Department responded to a call reporting an overturned personal watercraft in Boca Ciega Bay on Tuesday, December 29.

According to fire chief James Marankovic, the fire department dispatched their rescue boat, but good Samaritans had already assisted the stranded jet skier.

“We responded to the call. There were no injuries and he just needed a tow back to shore,” Marankovic said. “A passer by rescued him and towed his craft to the shore. We just assisted in getting them in safe.”



Theft (grand) – 12/23, 2000 block of 53rd St. S.

Burglary (vehicle) – 12/23, 2400 block of 53rd St. S.

Stolen vehicle (recovered) – 12/24, 4900 block of 29th Ave. S.

Theft (purse snatch) – 12/26, 1000 block of 49th St. S.

Trespass – 12/26, 2800 block of Seabreeze Dr. S.

Theft – 12/26, 3000 block of Beach Blvd.

Burglary (residence) – 12/27, 5900 block of 20th Ave. S.

Missing person – 12/27, 2200 block of 52nd St. S.

Burglary (vehicle) – 12/28, 2800 block of Beach Blvd.



Theft (shoplifting) – 12/22, 1200 block of Pasadena Ave. S.

Theft – 12/22, 1400 block of Pasadena Ave. S.

Burglary (vehicle) – 12/24, 7000 block of Hibiscus Ave. S.

Theft (shoplifting) – 12/24, 6800 block of Gulfport Blvd. S.

Theft (shoplifting) – 12/24, 1100 block of Pasadena Ave. S.

Theft – 12/26, 6900 block of Hibiscus Ave. S.

Missing person – 12/28, 1300 Block of Augusta Ln. S.



Burglary – 12/22, 9000 block of Blind Pass Road

Assault – 12/23, 27th Ave. and Pass-A-Grille Way

Battery – 12/24, 7500 block of Blind Pass Road

Traffic accident – 12/24, 600 block of 75th Ave.

Battery – 12/26, 300 block of 75th Ave. S.

Battery – 12/27, 600 block of 75th Ave.

Battery – 12/27, 6600 block of Gulf Blvd.



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