BY JENNIFER CABRERA
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Michael Timothy Redic, 23, whose address is listed as GRACE Marketplace, was arrested yesterday evening and charged with golf cart theft. Burglary and theft charges were added later in the evening.
Royal Park Village Apartments reported the theft of the golf cart yesterday around 6:00 p.m. and told a Gainesville Police Department (GPD) officer that Redic was last seen driving the golf cart toward P.K. Yonge. The officer found Redic driving the golf cart on SW 6th Street, at which point Redic allegedly tried to flee but was apprehended.
Post Miranda, Redic reportedly said he was returning the golf cart, which he had taken because he needed to go to the grocery store for his girlfriend. Redic reportedly said that he asked a “random guy” if he could use the golf cart, but the man did not respond.
Later in the evening, Redic was also charged with a vehicle burglary that happened outside Oak South Pawn, where Redic is well-known as a regular customer (the report notes that he has visited almost every other day for the past five months). The witness told GPD that Redic had been upset that the store would not take a Shop-Vac, then went outside and tried the door handle of a minivan; after finding that the door opened and going back into the store to make sure the owner of the van was occupied, he allegedly took a jackhammer from the inside of the van and put it in the car of an unknown person, then drove away with that person.
Redic was also charged with theft from an acquaintance; he knocked on the victim’s door at 5:30 a.m. and asked if he could leave some backpacks there. He then left through the back door, which the victim forgot to lock after he left. The victim said he came home after work and found his apartment burglarized; he provided Redic’s name as a possible suspect, and Redic allegedly tried to pawn one of the stolen items the next day at Oaks South Pawn. The backpacks reportedly contained items stolen in burglaries at The Retreat Apartments. The report says that more charges are expected to be filed.
Redic has been charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle, two counts of burglary, two counts of theft, trafficking stolen property, and fraudulently pawning an item under $300. He also has five other cases of misdemeanor theft currently pending. He is being held on a combined $20,000 bail.
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