A 25-year-old Silver Springs man was arrested for allegedly stealing a 14-foot canoe from a residence this past weekend.
On Saturday, October 30, a Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a Silver Springs residence on SE 171st Court Road in reference to reports of a stolen canoe.
The live-in handyman of the residence spoke with the deputy and advised that a car pulling a trailer showed up around 10:45 p.m. the night before. A few minutes later, the car left with the boat inside of the trailer.
The handyman mentioned seeing a man on a bicycle in the area around that time, and that the man might have been scouting the area.
The deputy called and spoke with the canoe’s owner who was out of town. The victim provided a description of the canoe, stating that it is white with a camouflaged pattern.
On Monday, November 1, an MCSO detective obtained video surveillance from the night of the theft.
The video showed a man on a bicycle entering the area where the canoe was located at around 10:25 p.m. on October 29. A silver Volkswagen Passat with an attached trailer pulled up fifteen minutes later.
The man on the bicycle was seen on the video approaching the Passat as it pulled into the area. A few minutes later, the vehicle left, and the canoe was visible inside the attached trailer.
A search of the vehicle’s license plate identified the owner as Cody Austin Newman.
An MCSO deputy arrived at Newman’s residence and spotted a silver Volkswagen Passat in the driveway, along with a trailer nearby.
The deputy also spotted a canoe next to a shed located on the east side of the property. It was partially spray-painted black, though the unpainted sections of the canoe were white with a camouflaged pattern, matching the victim’s description.
Newman stepped outside the residence and identified himself as the owner of the Passat. He told the deputy that he is the sole driver of the vehicle.
He stated that he recently purchased the canoe for $75. He told the deputy that the seller, a man riding a bicycle, led him to where the canoe was located.
A photograph of the canoe was sent to the victim via text message. After the victim positively identified the canoe, Newman was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail.
He was released on bond and faces a felony charge for grand theft. A court date has not been scheduled yet, according to jail records.