Police say he stole a TV and two drones

An Ocala man with a history of retail theft was arrested Thursday and accused of stealing electronics and drones from a department store.

Ocala police Officer Dan E. Wright was told that a man was seen running through the woods carrying a large television that had been stolen from the Walmart at 4980 E. State Road 40. A witness snapped a picture of the suspect on his phone and showed it to the officer.

Other officers were called to the area and they searched for the suspect. Officer Harold Compton spotted the alleged thief running through a business parking lot and entering the back seat of a parked vehicle. Compton went to the vehicle and arrested the man, later identified as Cory Crumpton, 31.

Store officials recovered the stolen goods: a 55-inch Vizio TV, two drones and a Samsung soundbar.

On his way to the Marion County Jail, Crumpton told Wright that he has a drug problem, according to an arrest report. Crumpton was being held on charges of retail grand theft, occupied burglary of a conveyance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Local court records show Crumpton has two prior convictions for retail theft, and others for offenses such as battery.