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Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Broward county men arrested in connection with string of burglaries of Ocala commercial businesses

Two Broward County men were arrested recently in connection with a series of burglaries at commercial businesses in Ocala. 

According to the Ocala Police Department, the burglaries took place in the NW 10th Street and U.S. 27/441 corridor during the early morning hours of Sunday, August 15. 

Kasean Gray and Corey Johnson burglarizing commercial businesses in Ocala
Kasean Gray and Corey Johnson burglarizing commercial businesses in Ocala

OPD says that 20-year-old Corey Bernard Johnson and 23-year-old Kasean Hassan Gray broke into 9 businesses within city limits and 11 others outside of the city. The burglaries left multiple businesses with thousands of dollars worth of damages. 

Corey Johnson and Kasean Gray
Corey Johnson and Kasean Gray were arrested in connection with burglaries at multiple commercial Ocala businesses

Through video surveillance, OPD detectives were able to identify the getaway car: a blue Kia sedan. Surrounding law enforcement agencies were notified, and Gainesville Police Department found the car parked at a motel. 

Kasean Gray and Corey Johnson burglarizing commercial businesses in Ocala 2Evidence from several of the burglaries was observed in the vehicle, including a cash register drawer and a checkbook belonging to one of the businesses. 

The two burglars were taken into custody and were charged with multiple counts of commercial burglary and criminal mischief. 

Gray is currently on supervised release status for burglary of a structure and is a violent felony offender. Johnson is currently on probation for attempted second-degree murder and is considered a violent felony offender, according to an OPD social media post.