18 June 2024

In a recent incident that has left the community stunned, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office swiftly apprehended a 26-year-old Dunnellon man for his alleged involvement in the burglary of a local fire station. The suspect, identified as David Scott Truelove, was arrested over the weekend and is now facing felony charges for his actions.

The incident took place at Fire Station #14 located at 3105 SW Ivy Place in Dunnellon. According to official reports, an MCSO deputy was dispatched to the fire station in response to a reported burglary. Upon arrival, the deputy spoke with a male individual who reported that the station had been broken into. The reportee recounted that he had discovered the burglary when he noticed one of the bay doors slightly ajar. Upon investigating further, he found that multiple items were missing, including approximately six chainsaws, an electric saw, and a large orange bag.

The estimated value of the stolen items amounted to a staggering $4,000, according to the official MCSO report. It wasn’t long before the sheriff’s office received a call from a concerned woman who reported that her son, David Scott Truelove, had been dropped off at her residence by a blue sedan. She went on to explain that her son had carried items into the backyard.

Upon arriving at the residence, situated in the 22000 block of SW Sea Cliff Avenue in Dunnellon, law enforcement discovered the missing equipment from the fire station. The deputy then approached Truelove, who was subsequently detained and read his Miranda rights. In his statement to authorities, Truelove admitted to entering the fire station after finding an unlocked bay door. He acknowledged taking several items, including chainsaws and other equipment.

Truelove claimed that a stranger driving the blue sedan offered to help him transport the items. However, he vehemently denied knowing the driver and insisted that the driver was unaware that the items had been stolen. These claims have raised questions about the level of Truelove’s involvement and the accuracy of his statements.

As a result of the investigation, Truelove was taken into custody and transported to the Marion County Jail. He is currently being held on a $10,000 bond and is facing charges for unarmed burglary of an unoccupied structure and larceny of emergency medical equipment valued at $300 or more.

Truelove’s court date has been scheduled for 9 a.m. on Tuesday, September 12, as indicated by jail records. This incident serves as a reminder of the importance of community vigilance and law enforcement’s dedication to upholding public safety. The swift response by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office in apprehending the suspect highlights the commitment to maintaining the security and well-being of local residents and their vital public institutions.