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ARREST MADE IN SYLVAN LEARNING CENTER BURGLARY
Det. Mark Hoover has arrested the suspect in the burglary to Sylvan Learning Center that was reported on 8/19/13, and recovered much of the stolen property.
On August 19, 2013, it was reported that the Sylvan Learning Center, located at 3231 SE Maricamp Rd., was burglarized overnight. An employee arrived at approximately 7:15 am and found a window broken out; she immediately retreated from the building and called law enforcement.
It was found that 25 iPads and a Neat-Receipt Scanner, along with a small amount of petit cash, has been stolen from the business – total loss valued at $15,420.00.
In the course of the investigation, Detective Mark Hoover obtained information on a suspect who was a current substitute teacher for the business, and who had been recently disciplined. The suspect, W/M Devin Lawrence Most, DOB 07/26/87, was found to have sold 3 iPads to a local business, Re-Tech, 2613 SW 19th Ave. Rd. in Ocala. The three were sold on dates prior to the burglary occurring. Contact was made with Most and during interview, he advised Det. Hoover that he had taken the tree iPads from the business while employed and sold them to pay a drug dealer; he advised to being addicted to prescription drugs. Most was arrested and charged with 3 counts of Dealing in Stolen Property and 2 counts of False Verification of Ownership to Second Hand Dealer on 8/20/13.
Following his arrest, Det. Hoover was able to obtain information that Most possibly had the other iPads that were stolen in the burglary to Sylvan Learning Center in his bedroom at his parents’ home. A search was done on 8/21/13 and 15 iPads and the Neat Receipt Scanner were recovered in a backpack in Most’s room. Additionally, 2 electronic writing tablets belonging to Sylvan were also recovered. Wnen confronted with the break in to Sylvan again, Most stated that he “pleads the 5th.” However, when asked about the fact that there were 7 still unaccounted for iPads from the burglary, Most indicated that everything that had been found in his room was all that he had gotten.
Most was then charged with 1 count of Burglary Commercial and 1 count of Grand Theft.
The Ocala Police Department is happy to have recovered a great majority of the items taken so quickly and returned them to the Sylvan Learning Center for their use in educating youth in our community. Being able to make the arrest and return property to a victim in such a quick manner is of great importance to OPD and we commend Det. Hoover for a job well done. If anyone has information on the location of any of the unrecovered item, please contact Det. Hoover at 352-368-8283. Information can also be sent anonymously via OPD’s MYPD App or via Crime Stoppers of Marion County by calling 352-368-STOP (7867), texting them at 274637 using keyword 368STOP, or going to www.ocalacrimestoppers.com




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