Florida: Over 160 arrested in Panama City beach as spring break crowds disrupt the area

Videos taken at a local Walmart showed rowdy shoppers tossing around merchandise

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Law enforcement officials have detained over 160 people in Panama City Beach following a spring break weekend that saw massive crowds of people disrupting the area, officials said. 

Bay County Sheriff Tommy Ford said that 161 people were arrested and jailed over the weekend and that officers seized 75 guns amid their clashes with these individuals, WRIC reported.

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"What we saw this past weekend is absolutely unacceptable. Period," said Police Chief J.R. Talamantez, who also confirmed that several businesses closed their doors on Friday as the crowds gathered and disrupted the normal flow of business, according to the report. 

Over the weekend, the Bay County Sheriffs Office responded to 859 calls for service, 548 of those calls were from the beach zones. 

Over the weekend, the Bay County Sheriffs Office responded to 859 calls for service, 548 of those calls were from the beach zones.  (Bay County Sheriff's Office)

"The crowd that has been here this weekend, there is [sic] no words that can describe the way they have behaved themselves, conducted themselves, and the amount of laws they have broken," he added.

Videos taken at a local Walmart showed rowdy shoppers tossing around merchandise, WRIC reported.

The Bay County Sheriff's Office seized 75 Guns over spring break in Florida.

The Bay County Sheriff's Office seized 75 Guns over spring break in Florida. (The Bay County Sheriff's Office)

A heavy police presence was then called into the area to assist these businesses, who did not wish to risk any inconvenience or harm to their customers or business, the Panama City chief said.

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There were no reports of violence from the first day of the weekend, but a shooting incident on Saturday left one person injured, Talamantez explained, noting that many of the arrested people had firearms with them.

During the weekend, 161 individuals were booked into the Bay County Jail by all law enforcement agencies.

During the weekend, 161 individuals were booked into the Bay County Jail by all law enforcement agencies. (The Bay County Sheriff's Office)

"I personally encountered an individual holding an AR-15 who is now in custody," Talamantez said, according to the WRIC report.

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"These are the type of individuals that we’re facing," he added. "Throwing beer bottles at police officers. Shooting right down the road. There were blue lights up and down the road as these shootings took place. The blatant disregard for public safety that these individuals are having will not be tolerated."

Mayor Mark Sheldon said the crime was not caused by the spring breakers, but by criminals who came out under the shroud of the crowds.