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Leesburg man caught on camera stealing electric bike

Randy Marquell Furlow
Randy Marquell Furlow

A Leesburg man was arrested after being videoed on a Ring camera stealing an electric bicycle.

Randy Marquell Furlow, 34, of 2311 Mispah Ave., was charged with grand theft ($750 to $5,000) and burglary from the curtilage of an unoccupied dwelling.

A Leesburg police officer responded Wednesday afternoon to a residence on North Truett Street. The victim told the officer he had parked his Ancheer electric bicycle on the porch, unsecured, at around 10:45 a.m.  He said he came out around noon and saw the bike missing, according to the police report.

The victim said he walked two doors down to a neighbor’s residence, where he asked about the resident possibly having video surveillance of the incident. The neighbor had several Ring cameras installed around the exterior of the residence, including one that faced the victim’s home. Video from the camera captured at 11:25 a.m. showed an unidentified black male getting out of a vehicle across the street from the victim’s house and walking west across North Truitt Street, out of view of the camera. A short time later, the same male is seen riding an electric bicycle the victim said belonged to him, the report said.

The victim identified the man as Furlow and said he is friends with him on Facebook. He said he contacted Furlow through the Facebook Messenger application and asked him to return the bicycle or he would call law enforcement. The victim said Furlow deflected and would neither confirm nor deny having the bike. At that point, the victim stopped messaging Furlow and called the police, according to the report.

The officer viewed the surveillance video at the neighbor’s home and started looking for Furlow. At around 2:15 p.m., the victim called he officer and said Furlow had contacted him and said he’d be returning the bicycle. At 2:38, the officer went to the victim’s home and saw Furlow walking down the street nearby. The victim confirmed the bicycle had been returned and Furlow was placed under arrest, the report said.

Furlow was taken to the Lake County Jail, where he’s currently being held on $12,000 bond. He’s scheduled to appear in Lake County Court on July 27.


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