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Homeless man caught stealing from former NAACP building

Kacillosma Amiroshala Sharif

A homeless man began talking nonsense to police officers as he was being arrested for allegedly stealing items from a building that is being demolished.

Kacillosma Amiroshala Sharif, 55, was charged with burglary of an unoccupied structure, grand theft, and trespassing at the former NAACP building at 1855 SW 1st St. The building’s owner told an Ocala Police officer that Sharif had been taking items from the building, which is being demolished by city of Ocala contractors, and taking them to an abandoned residence at 1851 SW 1st St., according to the OPD report.

When police arrived on the scene, Sharif was shirtless and standing next to a shopping cart filled with random items, including a large knife that was close to him. Officers asked Sharif to take a step back and he was placed in handcuffs as a precaution, the report said.

Three construction workers said they first encountered Sharif on Monday, when they stopped by the building. They said they told Sharif the building would be demolished soon and that he had to leave. All three said Sharif was not argumentative or combative. The workers said when they arrived on the scene Wednesday morning, they saw Sharif taking furniture items away from the building in a shopping cart, according to the report.

Two witnesses told police they saw Sharif taking items back and forth from the NAACP building to the abandoned residence throughout the night and into the morning. One said she spoke to Sharif and he said, “I know how to pick a lock,” the report said.

After being read his Miranda rights, Sharif made statements such as, “I created the universe,” “I am in the illuminati,”  “I’ve killed Green Berets and Navy SEALs,” and “I’m a sniper, I can kill someone from a mile away and they will never hear the round.” It was apparent he didn’t have his mental faculties in order, according to the report.

Sharif is being held in the Marion County Jail on $7,500 bond. He’s scheduled to appear in Marion County Court on Oct. 22.

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