Leesburg man caught on camera stealing e-bike
A Leesburg man has been arrested after being caught on Ring camera stealing an e-bike.
Randy Marquell Furlow, 34, of 2311 Mispah Ave., was charged with grand larceny ($750 to $5,000) and burglary in the curtilage of an unoccupied dwelling.
A Leesburg police officer responded to a residence on North Truett Street on Wednesday afternoon. The victim told the officer that he parked his Ancheer e-bike on the unsecured porch around 10:45 a.m. He said he got out around noon and saw the missing bike, according to the police report.
The victim said he walked two doors to a neighbor’s residence, where he asked if the resident might have video surveillance of the incident. The neighbor had several Ring cameras set up around the exterior of the residence, including one that faced the victim’s home. Camera video captured at 11:25 a.m. showed an unidentified black man exiting a vehicle in front of the victim’s home and walking west on North Truitt Street, out of view of the camera. Shortly after, the same man is seen on an electric bicycle which the victim claims belonged to him, according to the report.
The victim identified the man as Furlow and said he was friends with him on Facebook. He said he contacted Furlow through the Facebook Messenger app and asked him to return the bike or he would call law enforcement. The victim said Furlow swerved and would not confirm or deny having the bike. At that point, the victim stopped texting Furlow and called the police, according to the report.
The officer viewed the surveillance video at the neighbor’s home and began looking for Furlow. At around 2:15 p.m., the victim called his officer and said Furlow contacted him and told him he would return the bike. At 2:38 a.m., the officer attended the victim’s home and saw Furlow walking down the street nearby. The victim confirmed that the bike had been returned and that Furlow had been arrested, according to the report.
Furlow was taken to Lake County Jail, where he is currently being held on $12,000 bond. He is due in Lake County court on July 27.