BY JENNIFER CABRERA
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Thomas Earl Reeves III, 38, was arrested yesterday and charged with burglary and grand theft after the victim traced a stolen phone to GRACE Marketplace.
The victim found his shed open on July 17 and reported that musical equipment worth $1,700, a phone, and some cash were missing. The victim tracked his phone and saw that it was at GRACE Marketplace, then went to GRACE and reportedly saw Reeves walking around with the victim’s phone in his back pocket. The victim said that Reeves had previously worked for him and knew where the hidden key for the shed was kept.
The victim reported that he confronted Reeves about his phone and that Reeves confessed to the burglary and said he had put the musical instruments in the woods behind GRACE but had spent the cash. The victim filed a sworn complaint, and a warrant was issued for Reeves’ arrest on September 1.
According to the warrant, Reeves also has a warrant out of Tennessee for probation violation; petit theft and felony vandalism convictions in California; convictions for DUI, driving without a valid license, felony theft, and burglary in Tennessee; a misdemeanor theft conviction in Louisiana; and a local warrant for aggravated battery with a blunt object against another man under the 13th Street overpass on NW 8th Avenue in July.
Reeves has been charged with burglary of an unoccupied structure and grand theft under $5,000 and is being held on $75,000 bail on those charges. He has also been charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and is being held on $150,000 bail on that charge.
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