BY JENNIFER CABRERA
Francisco Garcia, 50, was arrested early this morning and charged with burglary, petit theft, possession of drug paraphernalia, and tampering with evidence.
A Gainesville Police Officer responded to a call about the theft of a brake bleeder vacuum pump (valued at about $25) from the tool box of a pickup truck. Video surveillance reportedly showed Garcia removing the tool from the truck and also walking around the victim’s porch with a flashlight, appearing to look for additional items to steal.
An officer made contact with Garcia about three blocks away and reportedly found the brake bleeder and the flashlight in his backpack.
The arrest report states that while in the back of the patrol car after being arrested, Garcia removed a disposable face mask from his rectum and threw it on the floor board of the car. He then allegedly tried to kick it under the security cage in an apparent effort to conceal it.
The officer wrote that inside the “rolled up, feces covered” face mask, he found two glass crack pipes. When questioned about these items, Garcia reportedly said he didn’t know what the officer was talking about and that the officer “didn’t see him do it.”
Garcia is being held on $101,000 bail.
Articles about arrests are based on reports from law enforcement agencies. The charges listed are taken from the arrest report and/or court records and are only accusations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.