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Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Grubhub driver arrested, accused of stealing packages from several Ocala homes

A 50-year-old Grubhub driver was arrested by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) after he was accused of stealing packages from several homes in Ocala.

On Friday, October 28, MCSO received calls for service in reference to the theft of packages from two residences located on Redwood Track Radial in Ocala. A deputy responded to the first residence and made contact with a male victim who advised that a package had been stolen off his front porch at approximately 1:15 p.m.

The victim stated that the package contained two computer parts that were worth approximately $885. He provided security camera footage of the incident to the deputy, which showed a silver SUV with three stickers on either side that were located on the rear pillar, according to the MCSO report.

On the footage, the deputy observed a skinny white male exiting the vehicle, and the suspect grabbed a red Grubhub delivery bag. On the footage, the deputy watched as the suspect approached the victim’s front door, picked up the package, and placed it inside the red bag before returning to the vehicle and driving away from the victim’s home.

The deputy proceeded to head to the second victim’s residence, and the male victim advised that his package was stolen from his front porch at approximately 1:18 p.m. He advised that the package contained two iPad cases that were worth approximately $27.

The second victim also provided security camera footage of the incident to the deputy, and the deputy observed the same SUV. On the footage, the deputy watched as the male suspect approached the second victim’s porch, picked up the package, placed it in the red bag, and returned to his vehicle before leaving the area.

On Saturday, October 29, another MCSO deputy who was investigating the thefts noticed that an SUV matching the suspect’s vehicle had traveled through the intersection of SE 58th Avenue and Maricamp Road on October 28 at 1:45 p.m., which was approximately 30 minutes after the thefts had occurred.

A search of the SUV’s license plate revealed that it was registered to a female owner. The MCSO report stated that a deputy had conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle in 2019, and a written warning had been issued to a male driver who was identified as Robert Franklin Seymour, Jr. After comparing the suspect on the surveillance footage to Seymour’s driver’s license photo, the MCSO report indicated that “they are the same person.”

Robert Franklin Seymour, Jr.
Robert Franklin Seymour, Jr.

On Wednesday, November 2, the suspect’s vehicle was spotted in the area of SE 58th Avenue and SE Maricamp Road. A traffic stop was successfully conducted, and the driver and sole occupant was identified as Seymour. He was taken into custody.

The vehicle was searched and a red Grubhub bag was found near the spare tire, according to the MCSO report.

After being read his Miranda rights, Seymour stated that he is the sole driver of the vehicle, and it was only placed in his wife’s name because of his “bad credit.” He told investigators that he recently began working for Grubhub as a driver, and he had only been with the company for two days.

Seymour denied taking any packages from residences, and he did not provide any further statements.

According to the MCSO report, a similar incident had occurred on September 19 involving the theft of three packages from a residence located in the 5000 block of SE 18th Street in Ocala. MCSO observed the victim’s video surveillance footage which showed a white male matching Seymour’s description with a red Grubhub bag.

A criminal history search of Seymour revealed that he was previously convicted of grand theft in 1992, petit theft in 1993, and grand theft in 2002.

Seymour was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail where he is currently being held on $59,000 bond. He is facing felony charges for grand theft (over $750 but less than $5,000), unarmed burglary of an unoccupied structure (three counts), and second degree petit theft – third or subsequent offense (three counts).

A court date has been scheduled on Tuesday, December 6 at 9 a.m., according to jail records.