Arrested for vandalizing the same SUV, 9 months after video showed him defecating on roof

Arrested for vandalizing the same SUV, 9 months after video showed him defecating on roof

(As originally published with additional photos, Thu, January 4th 2024)

WILDWOOD, Fla. (TND) — Looks like a surveillance camera got Jeremy Robert Powell again.

His first case of criminal mischief happened last February, when the victim told a police officer in Florida his SUV, which was parked in his driveway,

had “new scratches on the driver side of his vehicle, a broken passenger side windshield wiper, and what appeared to be fecal matter on the roof of his vehicle.”

Then, the arrest report continued, he “reviewed the video from his home video system which showed a male scratching the vehicle and climbing on top of, then defecating on the roof.

“[The victim] identified the male as Jeremy Powell, who he recognized from work.”

The officer asked why Powell would do such a thing and the victim said it “could possibly be over a girl.”

The damage was estimated to be between $500 and $1,000, and the victim turned over the video.

The police officer described how the vandal “kicked the driver’s side mirror (no damage noted), scratched the front and back driver’s side doors, climb onto the roof of the vehicle, drop his pants and defecate, then jump back to the ground before scratching the driver’s side of the vehicle again.”

The officer also noted, “The male and the video resembled Jeremy R. Powell from his driver’s license picture, which I was able to access via a law enforcement database.”

Powell denied doing what was done, but he was arrested and charged with criminal mischief.

He spent seven hours in jail and in April, agreed to plead no contest. The terms called for a year of probation, 40 hours of community service, a fine of $500, have no contact with the victim, pay $500 in restitution, and pay $100 towards the cost of his prosecution.

Powell did everything he was supposed to do — and got his probation ended early, on Oct. 18 — but police and the victim say he didn’t learn his lesson.

Less than three weeks after he got off probation, it looks like Powell was caught on camera again.

Arrested for vandalizing the same SUV, 9 months after video showed him defecating on roof
Jeremy Robert Powell was arrested twice for criminal mischief in 2023, on Feb. 13 (left) and again Dec. 8. (Sumter Co. Sheriff’s Office)

This time, the arrest report said it happened where he used to work and was fired from, and told not to return, after the first case of vandalism.

And not only did it involve the same victim’s SUV, but also his brother’s truck.

This time, the brother told another Wildwood police officer a coworker “advised him to walk to the back parking lot and inspect his vehicle.”

He said the person, who knew what happened in February, was walking there and saw “an ex-employee named Jeremy R. Powell” drive by slowly. In fact, Powell’s windows were down so the coworker “got a good look at him.”

The second victim said, “While walking to his vehicle, he observed the defendant sitting in his black sedan with the windows down, and when he made eye contact, the defendant abruptly sped off.” He also said Powell had “a clear view of his truck.”

Then, he got to his truck and saw “a fresh scratch on his passenger rear door which he confirmed was not there before he parked his vehicle.”

Also, his brother happened to park the same SUV damaged nine months earlier next to his truck, and it “was also damaged.”

He told the officer, “He knows the scratch was not there previously due to just having his whole vehicle repainted from when the defendant damaged it back in February 2023.”

Nine days later, the officer got surveillance video showing a car with an Illinois license plate registered to Powell “driving around the incident area,” and “the defendant” stopping and getting out a few times near the victims’ vehicles.

A short time later, “The defendant can be seen exiting his vehicle and standing [with] a view of the parking lot and the incident location, and frequently looking in the direction of the Wildwood police officer while he conducted his interviews with Victims One and Two.”

The officer requested an arrest warrant based on “both the physical evidence and testimonial evidence.”

Powell, 31, was arrested three weeks later and charged with two counts of criminal mischief with one or more previous convictions, which are felonies.

He was released again 16 hours later in lieu of $4,000 bail.

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