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Marion County Sheriff's reports

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New Year's Eve prank destroys mailbox

By Jim Clark

A young Ocala man was arrested when he and some friends carried a New Year’s Eve celebration a little too far and allegedly blew up a mailbox.

Arrested was Bryant Joseph Rodriguez-Pascual, 19, of Southwest 10th Street, Ocala. He was accused of criminal mischief.

According to the report from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, a resident on Southwest 62nd Court reported that she saw three people leaving her area after her mailbox had blown up shortly after midnight on Jan. 1.

A deputy located the three people, two of whom were juveniles and were listed as eyewitnesses. According to them, the suspect put some fireworks inside the mailbox as a prank. lit them and the fireworks blew the mailbox off its post.

The suspect was taken to the Marion County Jail, where he was released later that day on $250 cash bond.

RETAIL THEFTS

The retail thefts were in the news again this week, and once again suspects were caught taking items from local stores. While Walmart only had one report, there were three from Bealls.

Jessica Kimberly Tison, 37, of East Towhee Lane, Hernando, was arrested for retail petit theft on Saturday at mid-afternoon. According to the report, she entered Walmart, paid for a vacuum cleaner, DVD player and other items and took them out to her car. She then allegedly re-entered the store, picked up duplicates of those items, showed the previous receipt and attempted to leave the store.

Her 22-month-old son was with her and was turned over to her uncle. She was taken to the Marion County Jail and was released later that day under $250 surety bond.

Dana Marie Wunderlich, 21, of Southwest 75th Court, Ocala, was given a notice to appear for retail petit theft after she was allegedly caught taking clothing items out of Bealls.

An 18-year-old from Ocala and a 16-year old boy from Orlando were accused of retail petit theft for each taking a pair of pants from Bealls. Curtis O. Goodman, 18, of Southwest 80th Avenue, was given a notice to appear in court. The juvenile was taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center. He was not eligible for the Work in Lieu of Arrest (WILA) because of a prior arrest. A 19-year-old Dunnellon woman was with the pair, but she did not take any items. However, all three were given trespass warnings.

A 15-year-old Citrus Springs boy was accused of stealing a shirt from Bealls. Because he had no prior record, he was allowed to enter the WILA program, which he did immediately, according to the report.