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GRACE Marketplace resident arrested for theft of phone, musical instruments, cash

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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  • I’d wager that Grace Marketplace houses more criminals than the jail.

    That IS THE CRIME!

    People in Gainesville and Alachua County are so gullible. Don’t believe me? Wait until the proposals and candidates coming up in November.

  • We’re in overdrive now, attracting crazies from California and all over the country. Maybe the governor could shut it down since it has become a danger to the people of Gainesville and Florida in general?

  • They could rename it Disgrace Marketplace, right in the center of Gangsville, Fl. Why not defund any police available to go there too. Then set up a small 6’ x 6’’ Couthouse shed to give immediate cashless bail to any there that are charged in other previous crimes. Free Obama phones too.

  • Doesn’t Grace do
    Background checks on its residents?
    they knew or should have known he had a warrant out of Tennessee and should have made arrangements to send him back there to finish his probation. The city & county need to change their policy concerning Grace and not taking inmates released or with active warrants from other places to Alachua County. Round up all the vagrants in Alachua county, process them at Grace, & send them all back to where they came from. Anyone with a warrant goes back to the jail where they came from. It’s worth it for us to send these felons back to where they came from to lower our crime here in Alachua County. It’s getting bad with the panhandlers with signs everywhere. What does the county spokesperson Mark Sexton have to say about this?

  • That’s why I never trust homeless people. They’re pros at charming their way into people’s hearts with pity. Then BAM. They’re quick to stab you in the back. These bums are bums for a reason. No love to them.

    • Good work with those DUIs. Not every homeless person has one, but you do. Very charming and trustworthy indeed.

          • Something tells me that you have problems getting laid. Even when you volunteer to pay for it. You’re a coward. DUIs or not, I’m sure I’m way better off that you. Wah wah wah… DUI DUI. . That’s all you got uneducated hick.

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