Inverness man arrested for theft, auto theft | crime and court

Jonathan Sterling Owens, 28, was recently arrested on July 26 for allegedly stealing from a gas station, stealing a car and breaking into a residence.

Officials initially responded to reports of a burglary at a local Chevron gas station. They found that the front door glass of the Chevron was broken, causing more than $600 in damage.

Jonathan Stirling Owens


According to the arrest report, video surveillance caught Owens, who was concealed through a surgical mask, goggles and a wide-brimmed hat, using a crowbar before stealing several torch lighters.

The Inverness man reportedly fled shortly afterwards, and was later spotted by the deputy in a white Pontiac, driving with no working lights nor a visible vehicle tag.

When Owens allegedly opened his driver’s door and fled on foot past residential areas, the deputy attempted to seize the car. The vehicle kept rolling, crashing into a mailbox.

According to the affidavit, Owens continued to run after being asked to stop, and the K-9s were later unable to find him.

Law enforcement searched the vehicle’s license plate and contacted the owner, who reportedly lived with Owens. The owner of the car confirmed that he had not given Owens permission to use the vehicle and was unaware that it was also missing.

Officers later reportedly found a torch lighter as well as clothes Owens was wearing on camera in the house.

Later, law enforcement received a 911 call from a father whose home had Owens at gunpoint.

According to the affidavit, Owens entered the house without permission from the garage before taking a water bottle from his kitchen.

The father’s son informed him via phone that a man was in the house when the father allegedly found a loaded pistol on Owens and, said to be, told him to lie down until police arrived.

Owens was arrested on the following charges:

One count of driving when the license is suspended or revoked.

One count of opposing an officer without violence.

One count of petit theft is less than $100.

One count of vehicle theft.

One count of going to the crash site.

One count of theft of an occupied dwelling.

One count of petit theft exceeding $100 but less than $750.

One count of criminal mischief.

One count of burglary in an empty structure.

Owens was detained and sent to the Citrus County Detention Facility with bonds totaling $26,500.

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