A 38-year-old Ocala man was arrested after a deputy spotted a stolen vehicle at a local gas station.
On Tuesday, a Marion County Sheriff’s Office detective responded to the Pilot Travel Center located at 4032 W Highway 326 in Ocala in reference to a stolen vehicle.
An MCSO deputy was already on scene and had located a silver 2015 Chevrolet Malibu that was reported stolen by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.
The driver of the vehicle, Harry Jackson, Jr., and a male passenger were both detained by the deputy.
The detective reviewed the JSO report which indicated that a female victim reported the vehicle stolen from her residence on Wednesday, December 15, 2021. According to the victim, the vehicle was left unlocked, and a spare key was inside the glove compartment.
The detective interviewed the vehicle’s passenger, and he stated that Jackson had agreed to give him a ride to Brooksville to visit family members. When the passenger asked about the vehicle, Jackson allegedly stated that he had purchased it.
The passenger stated he was unaware that the vehicle was stolen.
Jackson told the detective that he had borrowed the vehicle from a woman he knows as “Ashley” around two days after Christmas. He stated he had been living inside the vehicle for several days with “Ashley” since he is currently homeless.
He stated that he then borrowed the vehicle from “Ashley,” and he claimed he was trying to return the vehicle to her. He also told the detective that he recently learned that she was known to steal things, though he did not think that she would steal a vehicle.
The detective contacted the victim, and she confirmed that she did not know Jackson or the passenger.
Jackson was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail where he is currently being held on $2,000 bond. He is facing a felony charge for grand theft of a motor vehicle.
A court date has been scheduled on Tuesday, February 8 at 9 a.m., according to jail records.