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House ransacked, jewelry and handgun missing

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By The Staff

Staff Report

After a 10-day trip to New York, a Timberwood family returned home Jan. 3 and discovered approximately $12,000 worth of jewelry, electronics and a handgun was missing. The house on S.W. 35th Lane was in disarray and there was an empty space where the 54-in. flat screen Samsung television had been.

In the master bedroom jewelry was missing, which included 10 men’s rings worth approximately $2,500, 10 pairs of women’s gold earrings valued at approximately $1,500, six gold bracelets worth $4,000, a $1,000 necklace. A black Taurus .38-cal. revolver worth $384, an HP laptop valued at $700 and cash was also reported missing, according to a sheriff’s report.

MCSO makes

Three marijuana busts

In a single day, Dec. 30, 2008, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office made three separate drug busts, which resulted in the arrest of four people and 755 grams of marijuana being confiscated.

While searching the Florida Highlands for a burglary suspect, deputies stopped his stepfather and found 155 grams of pot in the vehicle, according to a sheriff’s news release. When the stepson was called to pick up the man’s vehicle, he was also arrested.

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After being called to a well- being check on N.W. 70th Terrace, the homeowner invited the deputies inside, where they found 93 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, according to a sheriff’s office release.

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When law enforcement officials received a tip about possible drug activity at a home on N.E. 130th Place, sheriff’s deputies were sent to check it out. The homeowner gave deputies permission to search the house, where they discovered 547 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, according to a sheriff’s release.

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Rick Van Pelt, 42, of Dunnellon, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana more than 20 grams. Sean Sturges, 18, was arrested and charged with burglary of a conveyance, petty theft and criminal mischief.

Keaolewa Deforest-Hopkins, 23, of Dunnellon, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Raymond Mains, 39, of Salt Springs, was arrested for felony possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Three women arrested for

grand theft at Wal-Mart

On Dec. 22, a loss prevention employee for the Wal-Mart Supercenter saw three customers walking through the store with a shopping cart that had two purses in it, which were covered with a jacket. He saw them select merchandise and conceal it in the purses, according to a Sheriff’s Office report.

Near the electronics section two of the girls went into the restroom, where they removed the packaging from some of the items. Their last stop was in the lawn and garden department where they purchased a few items before leaving the store. A female employee had found the discarded packaging in the bathroom and the women were stopped outside the store.

Four digital cameras worth $199, clothing valued at $88, a Nintendo game worth $19, a watch valued at $7 and $88 worth of miscellaneous items were found in the handbags and in pockets, the report stated.

Ana Virginia Fabela, 18, of Ocala, Christine Elizabeth Powell, 19, of Morriston, and Miguel Torres, 20, of Ocala, were arrested and charged with grand retail theft. They were taken to the Marion County Jail.

Operation stuff

the handbag

A loss prevention employee for the Wal-Mart on S.R. 200 noticed a shopper in the electronics isle of the store on Dec. 27, with several bedding items, four Griffin One Touch Ipod controllers and two pairs of Sony ear buds, according to a sheriff’s report. In another section of the store the woman was seen stuffing the things into her two purses, a report stated.

The woman passed checkout areas and left the store without paying for the items and was stopped by a loss prevention employee.

When the employee showed his ID, the woman is accused of becoming combative and pushing the man in the chest.

In the loss prevention office, $394 worth of merchandise was found in her handbags. The shopper reported she was trying to return unwanted merchandise from another Wal-Mart, but she had no receipts and there were no red return stickers on the items.

Travontie Etoyi Richardson, 26, of Ocala, was arrested and charged with grand retail theft and resisting a merchant.

She was taken to the Marion County Jail. Purse packing

a Beall’s

On Dec. 30, a loss prevention officer for Beall’s Department store observed a shopper with a large purse select 10 items of clothing and enter a fitting room.

After coming out of the room, the girl only returned seven items to the rack, a report stated.

Outside the store the employee stopped the girl, who had a pair of pants, shirt and jacket worth $89 that had not been paid for.

The 17-year-old girl was arrested and charged with petty retail theft.

She was given a juvenile referral for prosecution and was released to her mother.