Homeless man arrested for stealing car


GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Keeshay Jamaal Sumpter, 27, was arrested yesterday and charged with grand theft of a car.

A Gainesville Police Department officer responded on March 26 to a report that a car had been stolen from Aloha Liquors at 900 E. University Avenue. At about 1:30 p.m. yesterday, the car was found parked at a home in the 200 block of SE 14th Street. Sumpter was reportedly seen walking away from the car, carrying a white plastic bag. When an officer made contact with Sumpter, he reportedly threw down a car key and began to run. After he was given verbal commands to stop, he reportedly threw the bag against a tree.

The officer reported that the key thrown down by Sumpter belonged to the stolen vehicle; the bag allegedly contained property belonging to the owner of the car.

Sumpter, whose listed address is GRACE Marketplace, also has an open sworn complaint alleging that he stole over $200 in merchandise from O’Reilly Auto Parts at 1208 E. University Avenue on February 17 and punched an employee who tried to stop him. On February 14, Sumpter entered a plea of nolo contendere in five separate retail theft cases and was sentenced to time served (44 days) and court costs. A charge of stealing a scooter was dropped earlier this year. Grand theft charges were dropped last year in two cases in which Sumpter allegedly stole from people who let him stay in their houses.

Sumpter has two felony convictions, with the most recent in 2019 for selling methamphetamine in Manatee County, and he served a prison sentence of one year and two months in that case. Five of his eight misdemeanor convictions were for cases over the past six months in Alachua County. Judge Thomas Jaworski set bail at $15,000.

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  • He is homeless but yet has enough money to dye and make his hair look that way.

    • Nah. he tore open the hair dye package in the Walgreen’s bathroom, dyed his hair at the sink, and left without paying for it.

  • We’re not quite up to vagrants defecating, shooting up drugs, and having sex out in the middle of the streets, but we’re getting there. Hopefully Tallahassee can help figure out a way to stop the insanity.

  • Here’s the tally since Saturday:
    1. 3/25 Guy threatens everyone at Wawa.
    2. 3/26 Guy stabs a woman in face.
    3. 3/27 Guy steals a car.

    This guy proves criminals are stupid. He’s been arrested 8 times in 6 months. He needs to pick a different career other than criminal.

    • He also probably got put in “time out” a bunch as a kid. That really worked….Now that he is 27 years old, let’s put him in time out for 27 minutes. That’s what he is used to – and about the equivalent of what our Judges give these guys! Why not keep offending if there are no repurcussions?

  • Another D1-GRACE poster boy, congrats to the Dem one party ruling NGO graft machine oligarchs 👹🤡🤬😡

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