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Ocala man wearing work uniform in company vehicle nabbed after Wal-Mart thefts

Enoch Gray

An Ocala man who works for Spectrum was jailed Monday after being accused of ripping off merchandise from a local Wal-Mart at least 20 times – sometimes while wearing his uniform and driving a company vehicle.

Marion County sheriff’s deputies responded to the store, located at 9570 S.W. Hwy. 200, in December and spoke with a loss prevention associate about thefts that had occurred over a period of several months. She claimed that 40-year-old Enoch Gray had taken multiple items valued at several hundred dollars.

The loss prevention associate said Gray typically fails to scan several items when using the self-checkout stations. She added that he did purchase some items but placed those he didn’t pay for in bags before walking out of the store, a sheriff’s office report states.

During some of the thefts, Gray was wearing a Spectrum uniform shirt and using a company vehicle. Gray identified his employer as Spectrum when he was arrested, according to the report.

A check of Gray’s criminal history showed that he was convicted of theft in Marion County on July 5, 2012 and on July 30, 2015, the report says.

Gray, who lives at 6783 S.E. 89th St. in Ocala, was charged with 20 counts of felony retail theft. He was released early Wednesday morning on $40,000 bond and is due in court Feb. 9 to answer to the charges, jail records show.

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