Summerfield man steals sod from Ocala retirement community construction site

A 29-year-old Summerfield man was arrested after stealing sod from a construction site in a retirement community in Ocala.

On Tuesday, a deputy from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office responded to the On Top of the World Community Offices located at 9850 SW 84th Court in Ocala in reference to a theft.

A witness at the office recalled seeing a man, later identified as Nicholas Gerald Lamia, stealing sod from a construction site.

Nicolas Gerald Lamia

A description of the vehicle was provided by the witness and a check of office security cameras revealed that a GMC four-door pickup truck entered the gates of a property located on the 8000 block of SW 76th Street Road at approximately 11:15 a.m.

The truck was towing a trailer and was occupied by at least two men. Lamia has been identified as the driver.

A company by the name of Above and Beyond Landscaping was contracted to work on the site, and a check of the truck’s registration revealed it was owned by the landscaping company.

A witness told the MP that there are many houses under construction in the area. The witness observed the truck park in front of a residence located on the 7000 block of SW 89th Circle.

According to the witness, Lamia got out of the truck, approached a pallet of sod in the front yard and began placing the sod from the pallet into the bed of the truck.

After a few moments, Lamia got back into the vehicle and left. The witness tried to follow the vehicle but was unable to catch up with it.

The deputy observed on security footage that the truck entered the grassless area, and grass was clearly visible on the truck bed as the truck drove off.

Later that day, the same truck was reported again at the property located on the 8000 block of SW 76th Street Road.

The deputy arrived at this location and saw Lamia entering the residence. Several men were also at the residence, and one of these men admitted to being with Lamia when he took the turf.

An MCSO detective then spoke with Lamia, and he admitted to the theft. He said he took the turf to repair some grass he had damaged at a residence where he worked.

Lamia was arrested, transported to Marion County Jail, and then released on $2,000 bond. He faces a felony charge for grand larceny at a construction site.

A court date has not yet been set, according to prison records.

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