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Thursday, September 22, 2022

Man accused of stealing items from Belleview construction site

A 45-year-old man was arrested after he was accused of stealing multiple items from a posted construction site in Belleview.

On Wednesday, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office received a call for service in reference to a suspicious man wearing reflective pants who was walking near posted construction sites in the 12200 block of SE 86th Court.

Several MCSO units arrived at the incident location and observed a man, identified as Mario Jesus Frigola, who was standing near a 2012 Ford sports utility vehicle. He was wearing reflective pants which matched the description that was given by the reportee.

Mario Jesus Frigola
Mario Jesus Frigola, of Ocala

The MCSO report states that the SUV near Frigola had a sheet of plywood on top of it. Frigola was detained and placed in handcuffs.

An MCSO Property Crimes detective responded to the location and observed that Frigola was standing near an SUV that had stacked insulation boards and plywood in the back of the vehicle.

The detective noted in the report that there was a sign in front of the SUV warning that the area is a designated construction site, and theft from the site is a felony.

The detective made contact with Frigola who was seated in the back of an MCSO patrol vehicle. After being read his Miranda rights, Frigola advised that he had driven to the incident location approximately 30 minutes before law enforcement arrived on scene.

Frigola told the detective that he “went through two of the construction dumpsters.” He advised that he found the pieces of wood and insulation, and he placed them into his vehicle.

According to the MCSO report, the dumpsters that Frigola referred to were located approximately 20 feet from the home on the construction site.

While Frigola admitted that he did not have permission to take any of the items from the site, he claimed that he did not see the sign warning that the area was a construction site.

Frigola was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail where he is currently being held on $4,000 bond. He is facing felony charges for grand theft from a posted construction site and trespassing on a posted construction site.

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