PENSACOLA, Fla. (WALA) - Escambia County Sheriff's Deputies found five safes on the bottom of a bayou.
Now, they're trying to locate the owners and deputies are on the lookout for two suspects.
Thursday was picture-perfect over at Bayou Chico, the water glistened past the leafy brush as boats idly sat by on their moorings.
But don't be fooled, looks can be deceiving- trash is littered throughout the bayou. One local called it 'Bayou Stink-o.'
Deputy Jimmie Tatum with the ECSO Dive Team said, "(Bayou Chico) is very nasty. It's a very polluted section of water in Pensacola."
Trash is littered throughout, but a few particular pieces of trash found on the bottom of the bayou has sparked a manhunt.
Sgt. James Hall with ECSO Property Crimes said, "(The ECSO dive team) found five safes and three doors."
Five safes were recovered, each weighing somewhere between 250-350 pounds. Deputies also recovered three safe doors. Those safes were not found.
But deputies didn't just stumble upon these.
On September 4, deputies pulled over a truck driven by 45-year-old Darrell Jones.
Hall said, "Subsequent to the stop, they discovered a safe in the back of the tailgate."
That safe was stolen from a Family Dollar on Fairfield Drive.
Authorities said at that point, two other men escaped from the truck.
One was 31-year-old Roy Cannon, the other is 48-year-old Willie Thomas.
Soon, investigators learned the three men had tossed a number of safes into Bayou Chico.
The safes are rusted and covered in barnacles, but no one knows where they came from. The only contents found were some CDs and a few coins.
You can tell they've been sitting underwater for quite a while. But investigators don't know how long these
safes have been sitting on the bottom of the bayou.
Tatum said, "It doesn't take long for barnacles to attach to it, but other than that, I have no idea how long it takes."
Hall said, "One of the divers that went down told me that one of the safes that he looked at, he probably felt like it had probably been down for two months."
Jones was booked into jail and has a number of charges including burglary. Deputies said once the other two men are found, they'll have charges waiting for them too.
The two other suspects also face charges of burglary, grand theft, and criminal mischief.
If you have any information on these men or on the origin of those safes, call the Escambia County Sheriff's Office.
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