Two suspects were arrested after a theft spree from several stores in Jacksonville Beach, a police report says
In a coordinated effort, Jacksonville Beach law enforcement announced the arrest of two suspects after a theft spree was reported across multiple stores, leading to the arrest of Gilbert Simmons and Joshua Hogg.
According to Jacksonville Beach Police, at approximately 2:11 p.m., officers responded to a report of a theft at Ulta Beauty, located at 3928 3rd Street South. The incident occurred when officers received information about a suspicious vehicle parked in front of Staples, across the parking lot from Ulta, prior to their arrival.
Police reported that the vehicle was occupied by a man named Gilbert Simmons, who is believed to be one of the suspects involved in the reported robbery.
As officers approached the area, they reportedly saw another man, later identified as Joshua Hogg, hurriedly emerge from Staples with a cart full of merchandise. Staples employees pursued Hough as he loaded the stolen items into a waiting car.
After police intervened, Hough fled on foot, leading to a man being pursued. Meanwhile, the driver of the vehicle, Simmons, was taken into custody without incident. The second suspect reportedly attempted to evade arrest by taking refuge at Home Depot, but officers succeeded in locating and arresting him without further problems.
According to Jacksonville Beach Police, a subsequent investigation revealed that Hogue targeted five stores within Jacksonville Beach, including Rack Room Shoes, Books-A-Million, Ace Hardware, Ulta Beauty and Staples. The value of the stolen merchandise was approximately $4,200.00.
Gilbert Simmons, a 37-year-old man, faces two counts of accessory to grand larceny. Joshua Hoag, a 38-year-old man, is charged with three counts of petit larceny and two counts of grand larceny. Both suspects were transported and booked into the Duval County Jail.
The Jacksonville Beach Police Department urges businesses and residents to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities to ensure the safety and security of the community.
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