Family remains and other valuable items stolen during burglary

Family remains and other valuable items stolen during burglary

The Ocala Police Department is looking for information in reference to a burglary that occurred on May 29, in the 1300 block of Southeast 18th Avenue, Ocala. Police said someone forced entry to the home through a window and stole an urn, which contained the ashes of a family member, a signed Florida State championship […]

Man faces 22 charges for chop shop operation

Man faces 22 charges for chop shop operation

Ocala, Florida — Smallwood Auto Salvage, located at 601 Southwest 27th Avenue, was determined to be a chop shop following a Florida Department of Motor Vehicle and multiple law enforcement agency inspection. On Wednesday, following a thorough investigation, the Ocala Police Department arrested Larry Smallwood, 60, and charged him with: Dealer Failing to Notify the […]

Ocala Dental Lab robbed of gold, suspect arrested

Ocala Dental Lab robbed of gold, suspect arrested

Ocala, Florida — An Ocala man was arrested after Ocala Dental Lab reported that approximately $5,000 in gold had been stolen from the business. The business owner, Robert Markham, stated that the lab uses the gold for various types of dental work. Markham told Ocala police that he suspected Johnathan Jesse Peterson, 31, was the […]

Man wanted since January, arrested

Man wanted since January, arrested

An Ocala man who was wanted for violating his felony probation was arrested and is being held without bond. Stephen Ennis, 22, violated his probation after he was arrested in August of 2015 and charged with Fraud-Use Fictitious Personal ID, Grand Theft of a Motor Vehicle, Burglary of an Occupied Dwelling, and Petit Theft. During […]

Teen stole truck, passed out

Teen stole truck, passed out

Ocala, Florida — A teen who stole a Ford F-150 pickup truck was caught after he passed out behind the wheel. Ocala police say they responded to 1909 Northeast 25th Avenue, when a victim reported that his truck had been stolen from the parking lot where he works. A short time later, someone called 911 and reported […]

Thieves drove to Ocala to steal from Dollar General stores

Thieves drove to Ocala to steal from Dollar General stores

Ocala, Florida — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office arrested two Orlando residents after they were caught stealing merchandise from a Dollar General store in Ocala. Deputies were called to the Dollar General, located at 13415 Southeast 47th Avenue after a caller reported two individuals who were stealing from the store. Witnesses said that the suspects […]

Truck found submerged in Ocklawaha River

Truck found submerged in Ocklawaha River

Eureka – The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is looking for information regarding a truck and trailer that was stolen over the weekend. According to reports, deputies responded to a call Sunday after a boater at the Eureka East Boat Ramp reported a submerged vehicle. Marion County Fire Rescue was the first to arrive on the […]

Bank employee stole more than $500K from customers

Bank employee stole more than $500K from customers

Ocala, Florida — A SunTrust Bank employee is accused of stealing funds from bank customers, and identify theft. Ocala Police Department Detective Wayne Greene arrested Connie Moorman Willis, 52, on September 26, 2016, after an investigation revealed that Willis had possibly committed Identity Theft. According to reports, Detective Greene was first notified of the Identity […]

Orlando man charged with operating a chop shop

Orlando man charged with operating a chop shop

An Orlando man is facing a plethora of charges after he was linked to the theft of two construction trailers in Osteen and additional crimes in Orange County. The Sheriff’s Offices in Volusia and Orange counties teamed up and apprehended 31-year-old Russell Folmer, who is being held at the Orange County Jail. Both trailers, a stolen […]

Winn-Dixie manager arrested

Winn-Dixie manager arrested

Ocala, Florida — Winn-Dixie manager James J. Koppel, 46, was arrested after upper management discovered that he had been stealing money from the store, located at 15912 East State Road 40. Store officials reported that they installed video surveillance cameras after they began to suspect that Koppel was the person stealing from the grocery store. […]

Two teens arrested for burglary, one suspect on the run

Two teens arrested for burglary, one suspect on the run

Two teens were arrested on Tuesday for a burglary that they committed on or around Thanksgiving. A third suspect is still on the run. According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Cheyann Walls, 18, and Cendra J. Rawlings, 19, broke into a house and stole approximately $3,000 of the victim’s personal belongings. The Victim told […]

Inverness woman drove to Ocala to steal from Macy’s

Inverness woman drove to Ocala to steal from Macy’s

Ocala, Florida — An Inverness woman was arrested in Ocala after she was caught stealing from the Macy’s located in the Paddock Mall. Ocala Police responded to the department store and met with a loss prevention specialist who stated that he had observed Samantha Lynn Kanawall, 19, take several articles of clothing into a dressing room. […]

Blessed Trinity Catholic Church usher arrested

Blessed Trinity Catholic Church usher arrested

      Ocala, Florida —  A Blessed Trinity Catholic Church usher was arrested after he was caught on surveillance video stealing money from the collection plate. On November 3, the church directly contacted the Marion County Sheriff’s Office in regards to an usher they believed was stealing money. Investigators met with the reportee, whose […]

Man blamed his crimes on a male escort

Man blamed his crimes on a male escort

Silver Springs – A credit card thief got caught after he left a receipt from items he had purchased in a stolen car. Deputies say and elderly woman notified authorities when she awoke and discovered her car parked in front of her neighbor’s house along side of the road. The victim said, “At first I […]

Woman that stole from Dillard’s assumed wrong

Woman that stole from Dillard’s assumed wrong

Ocala, Florida — A woman that was caught stealing clothes from a Dillard’s thought she would be released if she paid. Ocala Police Officer Jason Rodriguez said he responded to a Dillard’s, located at 4414 Southwest College Road, in reference to a grand theft. Upon arrival, Loss Prevention told Officer Rodriguez that a female, later […]

Walmart customer service employee arrested

Walmart customer service employee arrested

Ocala, Florida — A Walmart customer service employee was arrested after an investigation revealed she had been stealing from the Walmart located at 9570 SW Highway 200, Ocala. A Walmart spokesperson said Yezenia Degross, 19, who works at the customer service desk, was making “fake refunds” and keeping the money. A Walmart loss prevention officer, […]