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People get caught trying to play without paying

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Marion County Sheriff's reports

By Jim Clark

People get caught trying to play without paying

Some people wanted to spend the holidays playing without paying, but as a result they could be celebrating with criminal records hanging over their heads.

Black Friday at 8 a.m. saw the discovery of a pair of PSP boxes in the trash can at the front of Walmart on State Road 200. While the paperwork was still in the boxes, the systems themselves were missing.

One of the boxes had some blood on it, indicating that whoever stole the item cut his hand while taking it.

On Saturday, the following day, two people were not successful in trying to take four Playstation games, a wireless remote, a Tomtom GPS, a package of socks and a thermal cardigan out of the store. They were spotted by a loss prevention officer and detained for deputies.

Arrested were Harold E. Tate, 28, of South Pine Avenue, Ocala, and Calea J. Brookins, 17, of Northeast 59th Street, Ocala. Each was charged with retail grand theft.

A woman who put her purse down in a back row pew at Queen of Peace Catholic Church during morning Mass on Nov. 25 discovered later that it was missing. There was a man sitting near her and she saw him running out of the church, but didn’t realize until later that her purse was missing.

Inside her purse she had her wallet, a small amount of cash, credit cards and keys to her car.

An attempted break-in at Quik King, 6701 State Road 200, was thwarted in the early morning hours of Nov. 25 when an alarm went off while a suspect tried to break in the door. He was described as possibly a white male with a shaved head, mid to late 20s, approximately 5-feet, 10 inches to 6 feet tall. He had a long-sleeved gray shirt, faded blue jeans, black shoes and a thick black belt. He had a multi-color cloth covering the bottom of his face.

Deputies investigated an armed robbery of a man on the 4400 block of Southwest 44th Lane midday on Nov. 24. Stolen was the victim’s wallet and his 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck.

An 18-year-old Inglis woman and a 17-year-old Citrus Springs girl were charged with retail petit theft after an alleged theft at Beall’s, 9598 S.W. 114th St. The adult was identified as Deanna Marie Maita of Southeast 105th Terrace, Inglis.

Compiled by Jim Clark