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Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Ocklawaha man arrested after OnStar leads MCSO deputies to stolen vehicle

A 21-year-old Ocklawaha man was arrested by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office after OnStar led deputies to a stolen vehicle.

On Tuesday, an MCSO deputy responded to the 16000 block of SE 80th Bellavista Circle in Marion County in reference to the theft of a vehicle. The deputy made contact with the male victim who advised that his Cadillac XT4 had been stolen.

According to the MCSO report, the deputy reviewed electronic surveillance records and discovered that the victim’s vehicle had traveled northbound on S U.S. Highway 301, near the intersection of SE 147th Street, shortly before 6:45 a.m. on Tuesday.

The victim’s vehicle was also observed traveling northbound on NE 36th Avenue, near the intersection of NE 21st Street, shortly before 7:25 a.m. on Tuesday.

The deputy contacted OnStar and the vehicle was successfully tracked using its Global Positioning System (GPS). According to OnStar, the vehicle was located in the 3600 block of NE 59th Terrace, and a vehicle ignition lock was placed on the vehicle to disable it.

Several MCSO deputies responded to the residence on NE 59th Terrace and located the victim’s vehicle in the driveway. The deputies made contact with the homeowner who advised that a man, later identified as James Aron Wood, Jr., and a male passenger had arrived in the vehicle and were both inside the residence.

James Aron Wood, Jr.
James Aron Wood, Jr.

After deputies received permission to enter the home, they located and detained Wood along with the male passenger.

An MCSO detective responded to the residence and conducted an interview with the home’s occupants. According to the homeowner, Wood had stated that he borrowed the vehicle, and he wanted to back the vehicle closer to the home because he “wanted to vacuum it out.” When Wood attempted to move the vehicle closer to the house, the engine would no longer start.

A female witness advised that she saw Wood standing next to the driver’s side door of the vehicle and the male passenger had been seated in the front passenger seat.

Wood and the vehicle’s passenger were both transported to MCSO’s North Multi District Office for interviews. The passenger stated that he was at a friend’s house in Summerfield when Wood showed up with the stolen vehicle. According to the passenger, Wood offered him a ride to the residence where the vehicle was located by deputies.

After Wood was read his Miranda rights, he agreed to speak with the detective, but he began to fall asleep during the interview. The detective noted in the MCSO report that Wood’s answers were not coherent, and he did not appear to be able to participate in the interview.

Wood was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail where he is currently being held on $4,000 bond. He is facing felony charges for unarmed burglary of an unoccupied conveyance and grand theft of a motor vehicle.

A court date has been scheduled on Tuesday, December 13 at 9 a.m., according to jail records.