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Homeless man arrested for stealing BMW in High Springs

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

HIGH SPRINGS, Fla. – Caleb W. Crawford, 31, was booked into the Alachua County Jail yesterday and charged with grand theft of a firearm, grand theft of a vehicle, and grand theft over $750 after allegedly stealing a BMW from a driveway in downtown High Springs.

The owner of the car told a High Springs Police Department (HSPD) officer on September 21 that his BMW had been stolen overnight and that a firearm and a $4,500 camera were in the car. The owner’s surveillance video showed a man taking the car early that morning. Later that day, the car was reportedly located in Volusia County, driven by Crawford, and Crawford reportedly admitted stealing it. The camera was reportedly recovered inside the car, but the firearm is still missing.

The sworn complaint notes that another HSPD officer had interacted with Crawford on September 20 for “acting suspicious.” Both the sworn complaint and the arrest warrant state that Crawford is homeless.

Crawford has out-of-county and out-of-state criminal histories but no local history. Judge David Kreider recommended $200,000 bail on the arrest warrant, but Judge Thomas Jaworski set bail at $150,000.

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. 

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  • Idiot probably sold the firearm to put gas in the car. He almost made it to sanctuary city Gainesville.

    The word is out, Gainesville takes one and all. We’ve got an underpass or a sidewalk with your name on it.

  • How does anyone steal a BMW without a key? Of course if the owner was dumb enough to leave a gun and an expensive camera in the car, the key was probably left in the ignition.

  • Even rural folk victims gotta learn these days. Unless he was visiting there too…

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