BROOKSVILLE, FL – On November 11, 2021, Hernando County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the Circle K gas station located at 3275 Broad Street in reference to the theft of cigarettes. An investigation revealed an unknown white male requested to purchase a carton of cigarettes from the clerk. The clerk placed the carton of cigarettes on the counter. The suspect then requested an additional item that was located behind the clerk. When the clerk turned to retrieve the item, the suspect had grabbed the carton of cigarettes on the counter and fled.
Similar thefts of a single carton of cigarettes were reported between November 12, and December 2, at seven other businesses. The stolen cigarettes from all eight businesses were valued at $638. During the investigation, a clerk at one of the businesses was able to identify the suspect as Johnathon Roderick, 29. Roderick was positively identified using video surveillance from all eight businesses.
Detectives responded to a residence in Ridge Manor where Roderick was known to stay. The homeowner gave detectives permission to search the areas where Roderick frequented and found a stolen social security card with items belonging to Roderick. Clothing was also located that was worn by Roderick during some of the thefts.
Detectives then proceeded to a residence on Young Street in Brooksville where Roderick was believed to be currently staying. A vehicle used in one of the thefts was found parked at the residence. Roderick was located inside the residence where he was taken into custody without incident. He was charged with eight counts of retail theft and one count of unlawful possession of personal identification. Roderick was transported to the Hernando County Detention Center where he is being held in lieu of a $9,000 bond.