September 6, 2016
State Attorney Bill Eddins announced today that Joel Anthony Beauchemin entered a plea to Robbery without a Weapon for 15 years in state prison before Judge Ross Goodman in Santa Rosa County.
On April 17, 2015, Beauchemin entered Centennial Bank in Navarre wearing a gray toboggan on his head, a sweatshirt, sweat pants, silver-rimmed mirrored aviator sunglasses and clear latex gloves. He handed the teller a note demanding money. Beauchemin fled the bank with over $1200 in cash.
After a through search of the area, law enforcement recovered the clothing and gloves a short distance from the bank.
During the investigation, law enforcement developed Beauchemin as a person of interest. During an interview with Beauchemin they collected his DNA and sent it to FDLE for comparison with evidence previously recovered. Beauchemin’s DNA was a match.
On September 25, 2015, Beauchemin was arrested for the bank robbery and charged with Robbery and Larceny.
The case was investigated by the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office. Assistant State Attorney Amy Shea prosecuted the case for the state.