Man arrested for stealing murder victim’s car found in Jacksonville home being renovated
JACKSONVILLE, Florida. — A man has been charged with stealing the car of a man found dead Tuesday at a vacant east Jacksonville home being renovated, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said.
Roderick Fields, 37, was charged with stealing the car of the construction worker found murdered and burned to a house on East 24th Street near Danese Street.
The victim was one of the workers hired for the renovation project. He had not been seen since August 27 and his car was reported missing. The police did not release the name of the victim.
JSO said it used a license plate reader to track the car, and the tracker detected multiple locations, including a gas station.
Detectives reviewed surveillance video from the gas station and saw Fields filling a red gas can at the pump. Officers then spotted Fields driving the car on August 30 in Springfield. They said that when he exited the vehicle he was wearing shoes that had blood on them, and that blood was also found in the victim’s car.
When Fields was searched, he had the keys to the East 24th Street house in his pocket, so JSO took him downtown for questioning.
Fields is only charged with auto theft. JSO did not say whether they considered Fields a suspect in the homicide investigation.
According to his records, Fields is an ex-con with convictions for drug trafficking, armed robbery and aggravated assault. He was recently released from prison on July 29.
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