BY JENNIFER CABRERA
Johnnie Hamilton Long, 49, was arrested early this morning on three counts of grand theft after moped-type scooters were located in the woods near where he was staying.
Long’s listed address is at GRACE Marketplace, but Gainesville Police Department officers received anonymous tips that he was involved in scooter thefts and was staying in an apartment on SW 28th Terrace.
One scooter was reported stolen on March 23; that scooter was found in the woods north of The Enclave Apartments at 3000 SW 35th Place. An anonymous witness told a detective that Long had pushed that scooter and another scooter into the woods. Post Miranda, Long reportedly admitted to stealing the scooter. He allegedly said he had tried to work on the scooter at the apartment complex to “get it to run,” but when that didn’t work, he pushed it into the woods.
A second scooter was reported stolen on March 31; that scooter was found under a blanket in the back yard of the property where Long was reportedly staying. Post Miranda, Long reportedly confessed to knowing the scooter was stolen and that he assisted someone named “Mike” in stealing the scooter by pushing it away from the victim’s residence.
More stolen scooters were found on April 8 north of Gainesville Place Apartments, next to The Enclave. At that time, officers learned that Long may have been involved in the scooter thefts, so they located him at the SW 28th Terrace apartment, found the scooter in the back yard of that property, and arrested him.
In 2020, Long was arrested for allegedly taking the keys of a man eating near him at a McDonald’s and stealing and wrecking the man’s pickup truck. He was found guilty and sentenced to 14 months in prison. He was also charged with stealing a generator from Tractor Supply in 2019, but that charge was dropped for insufficient evidence.
Information on Long’s bail is not yet available.
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.