Ronald Rex Reddick

A Fort McCoy man found himself behind bars Sunday morning after an off-duty Marion County sheriff’s lieutenant saw him allegedly stealing items from an Ocala grocery store.

Ocala Police officers responded to the Publix at 303 SE 17th St. and when they arrived, the sheriff’s lieutenant said he saw 58-year-old Ronald Rex Reddick grabbing multiple packs of meats and concealing them in his backpack and pockets. The lieutenant said he followed Reddick past the cash registers and outside the store, where he confronted him, an Ocala Police report says.

The lieutenant said he identified himself and a verbal altercation ensued. He said he recovered several stolen meat items and returned them to a Publix employee, the report says.

Officers made contact with store’s assistant manager, who said she wanted to press charges. The officer then asked Reddick for identification but he said he didn’t have any. He instead told the officer his name was Richard Reddick, with a date of birth of March 7, 1969 and a false Social Security number, the report says.

Officers searched Reddick and found his wallet, which contained his real identification. And they also searched his backpack and found more stolen meats, the report says.

Reddick refused to speak with officers and was transported to the Marion County Jail, where he was charged with retail petit theft and providing a false name to law enforcement. He was being held on $1,500 bond and is due in court on June 10 at 1 p.m. to answer to the charges.

Reddick is no stranger to the Marion County legal system, having been held in the jail 10 times since October 1999. Those arrests were for charges that included open lodging, panhandling, violation of probation for grand theft, grand theft of a motor vehicle, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill, aggravated battery (causing bodily harm or disability), violation of parole for robbery with a deadly weapon, violation of parole for armed carjacking, robbery with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest without violence and armed carjacking.