A 34-year-old man was arrested after allegedly stealing a generator from a southeast Ocala residence.
On Monday, October 18, a Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a SE 28th Street residence in Ocala in reference to a theft.
Upon arriving, the deputy learned that the male victim had left the residence for work. The victim told the deputy over the phone that on October 18, he was notified by a neighbor that two unknown men were near his carport at around 6:30 a.m.
The victim had checked the area of the carport and noticed that his generator was missing.
Surveillance footage was obtained from the neighbor, and the deputy saw a white Chevrolet truck with a drop hitch pull up to the carport. The passenger wheels on the truck appeared to be different colors.
According to the MSCO report, the deputy utilized investigative techniques and was able to locate a vehicle matching the description: a 2018 Chevrolet truck that belonged to a male owner.
The deputy visited the truck’s owner who confirmed that he had lent the vehicle to David Allen Holt around the time of the reported theft. The owner stated that when the truck was returned, a black-and-red generator was in the truck’s bed.
The owner showed the deputy a series of text messages referencing the generator that were sent by Holt on October 19 at around 2:40 a.m.
On Friday, November 19, the deputy was able to locate Holt. He agreed to talk and admitted to borrowing the truck to haul scrap.
Holt confirmed that he had the truck for a day or two, which the deputy observed was consistent with the truck owner’s previous statement. He advised that he does not have a driver’s license and he did not remember who was driving the truck for him during that time frame.
He did not provide any information on the stolen generator.
Holt was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail where he is currently being held on $38,000 bond.
He is facing felony charges for vehicle grand theft, dealing in stolen property, burglary, and grand theft of a dwelling. A court date has been scheduled on December 21 at 9 a.m., according to jail records.