Blockbuster burglarized

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Marion County Sheriff's reports

By Jim Clark

A Corridor Blockbuster Video store was burglarized sometime between closing on Sunday, Jan. 31, and opening on Monday morning.

According to a report from the Sheriff’s Office, someone entered the store at 8585 S.W. State Road 200 in Steeplechase Plaza, and took cash that was locked in a safe, as well as a radio/CD player and three games. The suspect disabled the alarm system and the phones, which affected the business next door, but Blockbuster was the only store burglarized.

Anyone who might have information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 732-9111 (non-emergency number) or Crimestoppers at 368-7867. You could be eligible for a reward from Crimestoppers.

In other Sheriff’s Office reports:

3 Two people who switched places in a vehicle as it was being stopped for erratic driving were charged after the incident on Sunday, Jan. 31.

According to the report, Margarito Aragon, 30, of Morriston, was accused of DUI. Meanwhile, Reyna Tapia of the same address, faces charges of no valid driver’s license. The report states that after the deputy pulled the vehicle over, Tapia, who was driving, switched places with Aragon. The couple said they switched because Tapia had no driver’s license, which proved to be correct.

However, that put Aragon in control of the vehicle with the engine running, and he was given a field sobriety test, which he failed. He was taken to the jail, where his breath registered at .164 and .157 alcohol content. Both were issued citations.

A 61-year-old Ocala man was accused of DUI after he was stopped from leaving a convenience store parking lot. Deputies had responded to a citizen’s complaint. Francis Michael O’Rourke of Southwest 115th Street, Ocala, only partially completed the field sobriety test and refused to give either a breath or blood sample under the implied consent law. A fifth-grade Spanish teacher at Saddlewood Elementary School was accused of DUI after she was found parked in her car on the side of Southwest 60th Avenue at 4:48 in the morning on Saturday, Jan. 30. Madeleine F. Hinojosa, 37, of Southwest 65th Circle, refused to give a breath sample or sign a citation after failing a field sobriety test.

A Southwest Ocala woman told officers her purse was stolen from the front seat of her car while it was parked at Liberty Park on Jan. 27 between 5 and 6 p.m.

Compiled by Jim Clark