Staff report/Alachua Chronicle
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Timari Deloris Biddle, 20, and Theodore Isaiah Martin, 16, were arrested May 13 and charged with nine business burglaries over a three-hour period.
At about 1:40 a.m. on May 12, the pair allegedly shattered a window at the Dollar General at 1080 N.E. 16th Avenue with a baseball bat, with damages estimated at $1,000. The pair allegedly entered the store and stole about $100 in tobacco products. On the way out, Martin allegedly hit two computer monitors with the bat, shattering them and causing another $1,000 in damage.
They also allegedly shattered the glass on the front door of the Department of Children and Families office at 1000 N.E. 16th Avenue with a baseball bat, with damages estimated at $500. They allegedly entered the office and smashed multiple computer monitors, knocked down two security cameras, and stole a laptop, a laptop case, and an iPhone. The damage inside the office is estimated at over $1,000, and the stolen items are valued at about $1,600. The laptop and laptop case were later recovered at the scene of another burglary.
At about 1:50 a.m., the pair allegedly broke the glass door of Three Rivers Legal Services at 1000 N.E. 16th Avenue with a bat, with damages estimated at $1,000. The pair allegedly entered the business but were scared off before they could steal anything.
At about 2:00 a.m., the pair allegedly entered Public and General, 1000 N.E. 16th Avenue, through an unlocked front door. While inside, they allegedly stole a tip jar containing $20-$40 and a U.S. Treasury check made out to Public and General.
At about 2:40 a.m., the pair allegedly tried to break the drive-through window of the Popeyes Chicken at 1412 N. Main Street but left on bicycles when the window didn’t break. Damages are estimated at about $500.
At about 2:54 a.m., the pair allegedly broke the glass door of Fly Smoke Shop, 1212 N. Main Street, with a bat, causing damage over $1,000. They allegedly entered the business and stole $500 from the register and “numerous” other items, with the total loss valued at over $2,500.
At about 4:30 a.m., the pair allegedly tried to break the glass door at Smoke City, 2107 N.W. 13th Street, with a bat, but they were unsuccessful. They allegedly knocked down two exterior security cameras, causing damage of about $200.
The pair also allegedly smashed glass on the front of Urban Thread, 1236 N.W. 21st Avenue, causing about $300 in damage. They allegedly entered the business and stole $100 from the cash register.
They allegedly broke a back window at Adam’s Rib Company, 2109 N.W. 13th Street, with a bat, with damage estimated at $200. They allegedly entered the business and stole $170 from the cash register and a Gatorade from the cooler.
TB Goods Pawn Shop at 325 N.E. 23rd Avenue is also listed as a victim, but details are unavailable.
The pair were reportedly caught on video surveillance cameras. Hours later, Martin was reportedly found at the Wash King, 210 N.E. 16th Avenue, still wearing the clothes shown in the video.
Post Miranda, he reportedly admitted to all of the burglaries and implicated Biddle in the thefts.
At about 5:45 p.m. May 13, Biddle was found outside her residence in the 1800 block of Northeast 15th Street, wearing the same clothes shown in the video. She reportedly had the same backpack from the video and had “numerous” stolen items in her possession, including the iPhone and a large amount of cash in mostly small denominations. She was reportedly intoxicated and could not be interviewed.
Martin is listed as a co-defendant on all of the arrest affidavits, but his exact charges are unavailable. Biddle has been charged with seven counts of burglary of an unoccupied structure, two counts of burglary with property damage over $1,000, four counts of theft, three counts of property damage over $200, two counts of property damage over $1,000, and two counts of grand theft over $750.
Biddle was previously arrested in January 2021 and charged with five car burglaries with a different juvenile co-defendant. She entered a plea of nolo contendere to the charges and was sentenced to three years of probation, with adjudication of guilt withheld; she was also ordered to pay restitution to the victims. She was arrested again in January 2022 and charged with threatening to shoot another student at A. Quinn Jones School. She was found incompetent to proceed with trial by reason of intellectual disability and was committed to an Agency for Persons with Disabilities training facility. In October 2022, she was found competent to proceed with trial and was released to the care of a family member after entering pleas of nolo contendere to making a threat to kill and five counts of probation violation; her previous probation was revoked, and she was sentenced to two years of probation with a Mental Health Plan.
After she was removed from her mental health treatment group in January 2023 for being uncooperative and for “escalating” behavior including a physical altercation, she was re-arrested for violating the terms of the probation. She was released with a new Mental Health plan in February 2023.
Biddle is currently on probation on the January 2021 and January 2022 charges, which includes a requirement to not violate the law. Bail information was unavailable.
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