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Determined burglar makes off with model trucks

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By The Staff

Not once, but twice in two days the alarm was activated at Rob’s Hobby World at approximately 1 a.m. On Dec. 15, a deputy arrived at the S.R. 200 business to find the front door glass smashed out, according to a sheriff’s report. The owner came to his shop but did not find anything missing.

The following morning, Dec. 16, the hobby shop alarm in 103rd Street Plaza went off again. This time it was determined that merchandise was missing; two Traxxas brand remote control trucks valued at $389 each and a XTM remote control truck worth $219.

Ropes taken from

tree service truck

Finishing work for the week at Winding Oaks Farm, the owner of Barkley Tree Service parked his trucks near S.W. 80th Street the afternoon of Dec. 12. When he returned on Monday morning he discovered that a toolbox on his GMC bucket truck had been pried open, according to a sheriff’s report.

No tools were missing but someone made off with five ropes; two white, two blue and an orange one. The tree climbing ropes measure between ¾- and 1 3/8-in. in diameter, and total approximately $1,300 in value.

Computer hardware taken

from window business

On Dec. 14, at approximately 1 a.m., a sheriff’s deputy responded to an alarm at Windows Plus on S.W. 74th Avenue and found the side door glass broken out. An inventory was taken by the owner and reported that a Dell computer worth $700, a Samsung brand monitor worth $600 and printer valued at $700 was missing from the shop.

Grill nabbed from

Oak Run home

When an Oak Run resident went outside to turn on his grill the afternoon of Dec. 13, he discovered it was gone, according to a sheriff’s report. The large $600 Webber grill was last seen on its concrete slab at the back of the house by the man’s wife a few days earlier.

New online crime

reporting service

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office recently unveiled a new online crime reporting system called E-reporting, which allows residents the convenience of reporting certain crimes at www.marionso.com. The types of cases to report online include harassing phone calls, lost property, theft, and vandalism.

Look for the E-reporting banner on the home page, and the system will guide the user through the program as the blanks are filled in. The report is then routed to the appropriate district for officers to follow up on investigative leads and approval by a supervisor.

The victim can then print out a copy of the report as a receipt for personal records or for insurance reasons.

Woman arrested for

petty theft at Bealls

On Dec. 7, a loss prevention employee for Bealls noticed a shopper select four children’s items and four jewelry items then head to another department where she grabbed two tops and a pair of shorts.

After coming out of the dressing room she only had the tops and shorts with her, according to a sheriff’s report. She paid for a few items and then headed out the door, where the employee stopped her.

Victoria A. Stavitzski, 18, of Ocala, was arrested and charged with petty retail theft. She received a notice to appear in court, along with a trespass warning. The four toddler clothing items valued at $145 and four jewelry items worth $146 were returned to the store.

Two shoppers caught

pocketing video games

On Dec. 9, a loss prevention employee for the Wal-Mart Supercenter noticed two customers in the garden center removing the packaging on items and putting them in their pockets, according to a sheriff’s report. After passing all points of sale, the customers were stopped outside of the store.

Brandon Wayne Teems, 19, of Silver Springs, and Joshua Paul Korn, 19, of Inverness, were arrested and charged with petty retail theft. They were taken to the Marion County Jail. Eight video games worth $297 were returned to the store.