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Marion Oaks man accused of breaking into home, stealing cellphones and jewelry

A 19-year-old Marion Oaks man was arrested by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office after he was accused of breaking into a woman’s home and stealing several cellphones and jewelry items.

On Friday, November 18, an MCSO corporal responded to a residence located in the 6600 block of SE 139th Lane in Summerfield in reference to a burglary incident. Prior to the corporal’s arrival, the female victim had advised that she watched video footage from surveillance cameras inside her home which allegedly showed Thomas Jerome London III breaking into the residence.

Thomas Jerome London III
Thomas Jerome London III

Upon arrival, the corporal made contact with the victim. She advised that London had left prior to her returning to the residence. She told the corporal that her rear door was broken, and she accused London of entering her home and stealing the jewelry and cellphones.

The MCSO report stated that the stolen items were valued at approximately $4,360.

While the corporal was speaking with the victim, a male neighbor advised that he had witnessed London walking from behind the victim’s home and into the front yard. According to the witness, London picked up a push scooter and left the area.

The victim showed video footage of the incident to the corporal. In the MCSO report, the corporal noted that a man “with a hairstyle similar to London” was seen on the footage entering the victim’s residence through the rear door.

The victim advised that the surveillance cameras inside her home had been installed by London.

The MCSO report stated that a deputy with a K-9 partner located London near the 100 block of SE Highway 484 in Ocala. The deputy discovered that London was in possession of multiple cellphones, and two of those phones matched the descriptions that were provided by the victim.

The corporal arrived at the 100 block of SE Highway 484 and made contact with London. After being read his Miranda rights, London advised that he had been trespassed from the victim’s home, and he claimed that he had not returned to the residence since then.

London was unable to explain to the corporal why the victim and witness had seen him at the victim’s home. He admitted that he was aware of the security cameras inside the victim’s residence since he “installed them.”

When asked about the cellphones that were found in his possession, he claimed that they belonged to him.

In the MCSO report, the corporal observed that the victim had video surveillance of London breaking into her home, an independent witness had observed him at the victim’s home at the time of the incident, and two of the victim’s cellphones were found in his possession.

London was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail where he is currently being held on $10,000 bond. He is facing a felony charge for unarmed burglary of an unoccupied dwelling.

A court date has been scheduled on Friday, December 30 at 9 a.m., according to jail records.