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Ocala man arrested after allegedly stealing security cameras from local business

A 36-year-old Ocala man was arrested after he allegedly stole several security cameras from a local business.

On Saturday, April 23, several Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to Spartan Heating & Air (6060 S Pine Avenue in Ocala) in reference to a suspicious person. Prior to arrival, the deputies were advised by MCSO dispatch that the suspicious individual was at the business and appeared to be tampering with cameras.

When the deputies arrived, all of the doors to the business were secured. The owner of the business advised that an unknown man was spotted on the video surveillance system, and this man appeared to be tampering with several security cameras.

According to the MCSO report, it was determined that two security cameras ($350 value/each) and a solar panel ($300 value) were missing.

One of the deputies observed the store’s video surveillance footage and saw a man riding a bicycle with a trailer attached to it, and he was also observed removing the cameras from the wall.

On Wednesday, May 4, another MCSO deputy reviewed the surveillance footage and then canvassed the area of the mobile home park located in the 5100 block of S U.S. Highway 441. While at the mobile home park, the deputy located a trailer that appeared to match the theft suspect’s trailer.

The deputy made contact with a man who was identified as Brian Matthew Barber.

Brian Matthew Barber
Brian Matthew Barber

Barber admitted that the trailer belonged to him, but he immediately stated that he had let some people borrow it around two to four weeks prior. When he was shown the store’s surveillance footage which showed the bicycle and trailer, he confirmed that both belonged to him.

Barber claimed that several individuals wanted to borrow the bicycle and trailer, and he stated that he met them at a local Circle K gas station since he did not want them to know where he lived.

On Thursday, May 5, the deputy arrived at the Circle K and reviewed the gas station’s video surveillance footage. According to the MCSO report, a man matching Barber’s description was observed at the gas station with the bicycle and trailer on the day of the theft. The same man was later observed at Spartan Heating & Air with the bicycle and trailer.

During an interview with the deputy, Barber denied any knowledge about the security cameras and claimed that he did nothing wrong.

Barber was arrested, transported to Marion County Jail, and he was later released on $4,000 bond. He is facing a felony charge for grand theft (over $300 but less than $5,000).

A court date has been scheduled on June 7 at 9 a.m., according to jail records.