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Thursday, January 19, 2023

Ocala man arrested after stealing unlocked vehicle at Marathon gas station

A 19-year-old Ocala man was arrested after he stole an unlocked vehicle that was parked outside a local gas station.

On Monday, a Marion County Sheriff’s Office corporal responded to the Marathon gas station located at 14929 E Highway 316 in Fort McCoy in reference to a vehicle theft. Upon arrival, a female victim told the corporal that her 2005 Toyota sedan had been stolen.

According to the victim, she parked at the gas station and exited her vehicle. A passenger who was traveling with her also stepped outside, and they walked towards the gas station’s convenience store while the vehicle was still running. The victim also informed the deputy that the vehicle was not locked.

As the victim and passenger were entering the convenience store, the victim stated that a young man entered the vehicle, sat in the driver’s seat, and drove away without permission. The victim watched the vehicle travel eastbound on Highway 316 before she lost sight of it.

The corporal reviewed the convenience store’s surveillance footage and observed the victim as she walked towards the store with the passenger. A man wearing blue jeans, a gray tank top, and a black cap was then observed exiting a blue SUV, and he entered the victim’s vehicle and drove away from the gas station.

The man was later identified as Jacob Cyler Ellis Lovett.

Jacob Cyler Ellis Lovett
Jacob Cyler Ellis Lovett

An MCSO lieutenant and deputy observed the stolen vehicle near the 19000 block of NE 160th Avenue Road and a traffic stop was conducted. The corporal responded to the scene of the traffic stop and made contact with Lovett. He was wearing the same outfit that was observed on the surveillance footage.

The corporal noted in the report that Lovett admitted to stealing the vehicle. A search of the vehicle was conducted, and the victim and passenger informed the corporal that nearly $200 in cash and an 18-inch gold chain had been stolen.

Lovett refused to discuss the incident any further and requested an attorney. The corporal was unable to ask him about the missing cash and jewelry.

Lovett was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail where he is currently being held on $11,000 bond. He is facing felony charges for grand theft of a motor vehicle and burglary, along with two misdemeanor charges for petit theft (over $100 but less than $300).

A court date has not been scheduled yet, according to jail records.