Micanopy man on pre-trial release status arrested for stealing wallet from residence while occupants slept

Staff report

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Mark Rochelle Bolen, 46, was arrested early this morning and charged with burglary of an occupied dwelling, unlawful possession of a debit card, and resisting arrest after allegedly stealing a wallet and car keys from a residence while the occupants slept.

A Gainesville Police Department officer responded to the residence, where the victim said he was awakened at about 12:08 a.m. this morning and saw an unknown person inside his residence. He said the person left the house through the side door, and he noticed that his wallet and car keys were missing. He said all of the other occupants were home at the time.

While the officer was investigating the incident, the victim received a notification that someone had attempted to use his debit card at the nearby Gate Food Post at 506 NW 13th Street. The officer went to the store and asked a clerk whether a debit card had recently been denied, and she pointed to a man who was later identified as Bolen. Bolen allegedly fled, dropped a Florida driver’s license and debit card, then picked them up. He was reportedly arrested after he was found hiding behind a pile of construction fencing.

A debit card and driver’s license belonging to the victim were reportedly found near Bolen’s hiding place. The officer reviewed surveillance video footage from the store and reported that Bolen had attempted to purchase $80 of gas, 2 cases of cigarettes for $199.80, and 3 packs of cigarettes for $29.97.

Bolen has 20 felony convictions (two violent) and eight misdemeanor convictions (none violent). He has served five state prison sentences, with his most recent release in January 2018. He is on pre-trial release status for two felonies after posting bail in Marion County and is also facing a sworn complaint for robbery in Alachua County. Judge Walter Green set bail at $30,000.

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  • Another idiot with multiple felony convictions who sat 46 years of age still has not learned right from wrong arrested again. He has no business being on the streets with 28 total convictions. But Judge Walt gives him a low bond when he has been on pre trial release for two more felonies and has a current robbery charge pending. There should be no bond. Sooner or later he is going to cross paths with a person who chooses not to be a victim.

  • Prison time obviously won’t solve a thing. A bullet or a baseball bat will tho.

  • The homeowner should have been armed and shot him dead in accordance with Florida Stand Your Ground law. Obviously, every time this does happen now in Gainesville, the homeowner is charged with murder. We’ve seen it over and over. Still, I don’t know about you, but if someone breaks into my home, they are 100% leaving in a body bag, and there will be no open casket funeral.

  • Another aging golden goose for bottom feeder lawyers. WTF do our GPD and ASO not ask these perps why they stay here?
    Answer: lawyers make probation cases stay, to help lawyers — not society nor the perps.

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