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OTOW robbed three times in four days

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By The Staff

Two heavy metal benches valued at $1,000 each were among the items stolen from outside the Circle Square Commons in the On Top of the World communities on March 5. According to a sheriff’s report, the items were taken around 11 p.m.

Also taken were a black metal patio table valued at $1,000, four matching chairs worth $1,200, and an umbrella stand valued at $150 was stolen from outside Sid’s Coffee Shop, according to a sheriff’s report.

The following evening, the shopping area was hit again. This time the burglar got away with another black patio table and four matching chairs from outside Yalaha Delights in Circle Square Commons.

Then on March 8, an employee went to work and discovered three large clay flowerpots were stolen. The value, according to a sheriff’s report, was $354.14. Two were taken from outside the Design Center and were approximately three feet tall. The other pot was located on the square and stood about two feet tall.

Two cases of

theft on same day

On March 6, a loss prevention employee at the Walmart Supercenter was alerted of two shoppers acting “suspiciously” in the store. The employee followed them to the health and beauty department, where he saw one of the women putting items into a baby bag, according to a sheriff’s report.

The shoppers headed over to the toy section, where the woman placed more items into the baby tote. They went into a self-checkout lane and paid for a few things, but not the items in the bag.

As they headed out the door, the shopper with the baby bag was stopped and taken into the loss prevention office. Inside the tote were an assortment of hygiene products valued at $36.43 including a bottle of Head and Shoulders shampoo, an Olay body lotion, a bottle of Olay body wash and a stick of Secret clinical strength deodorant, among other items.

Marsha Lynn Smith, 27, of Floral City, was arrested and charged with petty retail theft and was issued a trespass warning from the store. She was taken to the Marion County Jail.

The other woman was not charged and was released from the scene.

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Several hours later, the Walmart loss prevention employee noticed two shoppers in the store carrying a large amount of clothing.

He watched as the customers removed tissue paper from a large purse and began putting clothing inside, according to a sheriff’s report. The women walked through several different departments, while one shopper acted as a look out and the other put merchandise into the handbag.

After making their selections, the customers walked out of the store, passing all points of check-out. The employee stopped them outside and took them back into the store.

Tonishia N. Harrington, 18, of Ocala, was arrested and charged with petty retail theft and was issued a trespass warning from the store. She was taken to the Marion County Jail. The other shopper, a juvenile, was arrested and released to her mother.

The items found inside the purse were valued at $142.50, according to a sheriff’s report.

Employee hears

packaging being ripped open

On March 9, a loss prevention employee with the Walmart Supercenter noticed a shopper going into the restroom carrying several DVD’s. The employee followed him and heard the customer ripping the packaging open, according to a sheriff’s report.

After the man left the restroom, the worker followed as the shopper headed out the door in the garden center. When he identified himself to the man, he pulled several DVD’s from his pocket. The discs totaled $164.68 and were returned to the store.

Hiram Natal, 49, of Dunnellon, was arrested and charged with petty retail theft and was taken to the Marion County Jail.

Bent Tree home

Burglarized

A Bent Tree resident left his home at approximately 8:30 a.m. on March 5 and returned at about 4 p.m. to find his house had been burglarized.

Once inside the home on S.W. 56th Terrace, he noticed the bedroom doors were open, which are usually closed. A dresser drawer was open in one of the rooms and his jewelry box was missing, which included five men’s rings, five men’s watches, a gold ring with a black onyx stone, a silver diamond ring and a silver eagle ring, among other items, according to a sheriff’s report.

After discovering his jewelry was gone, he went into the master bedroom and found several drawers open with the contents dumped on the floor. At that time, he realized his wife’s jewelry box was missing also, which contained about $2,000 in costume jewelry.

In all, $5,000 worth of goods was taken from the home.

Laptop and TV Stolen

from Timber Wood home

A pet sitter arriving in the morning at a home on S.W. 33rd Street on March 6, discovered the home had been robbed. He had been at the home at 6 p.m. the previous night.

When he went inside, the caretaker discovered an LG television worth $3,500 was missing. After the discovery, he went into the master bedroom and found the sliding glass door open, according to a sheriff’s report. He also found drawers that had been rummaged through in the home.

In addition to the TV, a Dell laptop valued at $1,500 was also reported stolen.