A 30-year-old Ocala man was arrested after allegedly entering a truck and stealing tools from a local business.
On Tuesday, November 9, an Ocala Police Department officer responded to the Evolution Electric Vehicles located at 3420 SW 7th Street in Ocala in reference to a theft investigation.
The officer met with an employee who stated that someone had entered onto the property and stolen numerous items between November 8 at 5:30 p.m. and November 9 at 7 a.m.
The employee stated that a white Ford pickup truck belonging to the business had been entered and miscellaneous tools were stolen from inside the truck.
In addition to the stolen items, the employee stated that an enclosed box trailer located on the southwest side of the property was damaged with pry marks on the door near the latches.
The following day, the officer obtained security footage that showed a male suspect on the property at around 1 a.m. on November 9. The man was wearing a baseball cap, dark blue sweater, gray cargo pants, black shoes, and was carrying a cloth bag.
According to the OPD report, the security footage showed the man rummaging through several pallets near the rear of the building. The man was then seen flashing a light into the bed of the Ford pickup truck that was burglarized.
Another man was seen on the video pushing a moped, and a makeshift trailer was attached to the rear of the moped. Both men left the property shortly after 1 a.m.
A week later, on Wednesday, November 17, the officer was reviewing surveillance footage for an unrelated case at the Super 8 Motel located at 3924 W Silver Springs Boulevard.
The motel footage, timestamped on November 9 at around 1:30 a.m., showed two men entering the parking lot, and those men matched the description of the suspects from the Evolution Electric Vehicles theft.
The motel manager identified the suspect in the cap, sweater, and cargo pants as Dillon Edward Devillez. The second man was also identified.
The officer spoke with the man who was seen with Devillez, and he stated that he was only on the property to dumpster dive for scrap metals. He claimed that Devillez had “wandered off.”
The man stated that Devillez was the one rummaging through the pallets, and he mentioned that Devillez would normally steal tools.
When the officer attempted to speak with Devillez, he refused to talk and asked for a lawyer.
A criminal background check revealed that Devillez had been previously convicted in Marion County on charges of petit theft and grand theft.
Devillez was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail and was later released on his own recognizance. He faces numerous felony charges for theft, automobile burglary, and commercial burglary.
A court date has been scheduled on December 21 at 9 a.m., according to jail records.