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Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Bicyclist steals packages from Ocala home

A 32-year-old bicyclist was arrested in Ocala after he allegedly stole multiple packages from a local residence.

On Monday, a Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to the 3800 block of W Anthony Road in Ocala in reference to a man who was seen riding a bicycle in the area with multiple packages in his hands, according to the arrest report.

The deputy made contact with a female witness who advised that she saw a man, later identified as Richard Eugene Paschen, Jr., in front of the victim’s residence. The witness stated that Paschen took packages that had been left by the gate, and she began recording him on her phone.

Richard Eugene Paschen, Jr.
Richard Eugene Paschen, Jr.

The witness stated that Paschen fell down while riding his bike, and he recollected the stolen packages before riding away. She told the deputy that she attempted to follow Paschen, but she lost sight of him, according to the MCSO report.

The witness showed the deputy a photo of the suspect. The deputy was “familiar” with Paschen and recognized that he was the person in the photo.

The deputy noted in the report that the victim informed MCSO that the stolen packages contained the following household items that he had ordered from Amazon:

  • 1 pack of 120-count Amazon garbage bags ($18.61 value).
  • 1 pack of 81 Tide pods ($24.27 value).
  • 1 pack of 100 Amazon K-Cups ($29.65 value).

The victim told the sheriff’s office that the packages had been delivered at around 1 p.m. The total loss for the victim was $72.53.

Later in the day, the deputy was on patrol when Paschen was spotted riding a bicycle. A traffic stop was conducted in the 1600 block of NE 70th Street in Ocala, and Paschen was detained in handcuffs. In the MCSO report, the deputy noted that Paschen was wearing the same clothing and backpack, and he was riding the same bike that was shown in the photo.

After being read his Miranda rights, Paschen initially denied being in the area of W Anthony Road around the time of the theft. He claimed that he was “by I-75 and Highway 326” doing a “tree job,” according to the MCSO report.

Paschen told the deputy that he allowed another friend to borrow his bike while he was working. The deputy informed Paschen that he had been observed on W Anthony Road in the afternoon, and Paschen admitted that he “possibly rode through there earlier in the morning.”

The MCSO report stated that Paschen told the deputy that he had “one white box” in his possession, which he claimed was filled with his clothing. The deputy showed Paschen the photo of him holding multiple boxes in the area where the theft occurred, and he admitted that it “appeared to be him.” He then told the deputy that all the boxes were “full of clothing” that belonged to him.

The deputy searched Paschen’s backpack, and a capped needle was located. An eyeglass case was also found, which contained multiple needles and a bottle cap with cotton swabs that had a “blue tinge.” The cotton swabs field-tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine and fentanyl, according to the MCSO report.

Paschen was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail where he is currently being held on $3,000 bond. He is facing a felony charge for possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and a misdemeanor charge for second-degree petit theft (second offense).

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