UPDATE: A Couple’s Multi-State Crime Spree Comes To An End In South Walton County (Includes Original Story)

November 6, 2016

Miramar Beach, Fla— A Georgia couple’s efforts at defrauding businesses across three states in search of a lavish lifestyle have come to an end.

A viral Facebook post has led to the arrest of Dino John Marks, 37, and Marlena Pebble McMillen, 37, following a multi-state credit card scheme where they defrauded businesses of thousands of dollars in merchandise and services. The surveillance video from an incident in Daphne, Alabama was broadcast on WKRG in Mobile and quickly spread across social media by angry merchants.

stolen-itemsThe couple was arrested Friday evening at1096 Scenic Gulf Drive in Miramar Beach, Florida after a tip from an employee who recognized them from social media. An arrest warrant was carried out and both are behind bars on $50,000 bond. The Department of Children and Families took in four children who accompanied them.

Saturday a search warrant was executed at the condo. Found were receipts, electronics, Paul Mitchell products, miscellaneous clothing with store tags attached, and multiple phones. The clothing appeared to come from multiple retailers. In addition, Louis Vuitton bags were located and additional purses coming from a case pending in Okaloosa County totaling approximately $11,000. 

Marks and McMillen were charged with grand theft. Additional charges are expected.

November 5, 2016

A Georgia couple suspected in a retail theft crime spree across South Alabama and Northwest Florida is currently being held in the Walton County jail on arrest warrants from the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office and more charges are in the works.

crime-spree-couple37-year old Dino Marks and 37-year old Marlena McMillan were arrested Friday night after investigators developed information that the pair was staying at Surfside Condominium at 1096 Scenic Gulf Drive in Miramar Beach. The pair was taken into custody without incident on active warrants out of Okaloosa County for grand theft in excess of $10,000. The Walton County Sheriff’s Office has additional charges for the couple and expects more developments today.

The OCSO charges meantime stem from the theft of more than $11,000 worth of high value Chanel and Louis Vuitton purses and other items from the Lux Exchange on Emerald Coast Parkway in Destin November 1st. Employees say the pair came in to buy the merchandise around 3 p.m. and explained that their credit card would have to be forced due to the high cost of the items. They gave the employees an authorization card and the transaction came back as approved. However the store owner later learned that no funds had been transferred and this is a common type of rip-off scheme.

This is an ongoing case and more details will be provided as they come available.

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