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Walgreens on S.W. 60th Avenue robbed

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By The Staff

A sheriff’s deputy responded to the Walgreens store off Southwest 60th Avenue on June 30, after the alarm was activated due to glass being broken.

The deputy found the side window to the store busted out and approximately 60 cartons of cigarettes missing. The stolen cigarettes were valued at about $1,800, according to the sheriff’s report.

Furnishing stolen

from model home

A manager from Holiday Builders contacted a sales representative for the company about missing furniture in a Southwest 97th Lane model home. On June 30, two sales associates went into the Meadow Glen home and discovered $3,500 worth of home furnishings were missing, according to a sheriff’s report.

Among the items stolen was at $150 dinette table and chair, two love seats worth $200 a piece, two sets of custom draperies worth $300, area rugs valued at $400 and two night stands valued at $300 a piece, among other items.

Two robberies in

Rainbow Springs Heights

On June 30, a woman parked her 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe outside of her home on Southwest 108th Place and failed to lock it. A few hours later the truck was locked using a keyless remote.

The following day, the woman went out to the truck and discovered her Dooney and Burke purse valued at $350 and a Dooney and Burke wallet, which was valued at $181, were missing from the front seat, according to a sheriff’s report. A debit card, $35 in cash, a license, gas card and checkbook was among the items in the purse.

While the sheriff’s deputy was investigating the case, the woman’s neighbor approached him about a burglary at his home. He discovered his Bushmaster crossbow with attached scope and four arrows was missing from his shed, according to a sheriff’s report.

‘Smart’ man

arrested

A deputy parked off the road on Southwest 103rd Street Road on June 29 noticed a 2004 Mercury speeding down the road. The vehicle crossed over into the west lane and then back into the east lane. It then ran off the road and was heading straight for the deputy’s patrol car. After almost having his patrol car hit, the deputy got on the road and stopped the driver.

When he got out of the vehicle, the driver took an “aggressive stance” and it took him several minutes to listen to the deputy’s instructions. After a few moments, the law enforcement officer realized he knew the man and had been in contact with him earlier in the evening at the Kangaroo store at the corner of S.R. 200 and Southwest 103rd Street Road.

The sheriff’s office had been called to the store due to a drunken man being inside and purchasing more alcohol. Once the shopper completed his purchases, the deputy approached him. The customer was told he was not under arrest, but he was too drunk to drive home, according to a sheriff’s report.

The man agreed and began walking home, but must have returned to get his vehicle after the deputy had left the store.

The driver was asked to perform several field sobriety tests, but he refused. The man told the deputy to “come on, it’s over, let’s do it,” according to a sheriff’s report. He was asked again to do the tests, but he refused. He said, “I refuse you because my IQ is higher then yours.”

William Michael Volpicelli, 51, of Ocala, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence. He was taken to the Marion County Jail.

At the jail, Volpicelli did agree to take a breath test, which had a result of .259 and .250.

Shopper seen

putting boat in bag

On June 29, a loss prevention employee at the Walmart Supercenter noticed a shopper enter the store through the automotive department, purchase a car battery then walk to the sporting goods department, according to a sheriff’s report.

The customer them placed an inflatable boat, which cost $19.96, into her purse and attempted to walk out of the store. But, the employee stopped her.

Kristy Turner Trujillo, 34, of Floral City, was arrested and charged with petty retail theft. She was taken to the Marion County Jail and issued a trespass warning from the store.

Horse stable

has items stolen

When she left the Ocala Horse Complex-The Hamede Lu stable on June 29, a stall renter locked the supply room and placed the key in the place it is usually kept. When she returned the next day, the room was still locked and the key was in its place, but her husband’s $400 saddle and $150 riding vest were missing, according to a sheriff’ report.

On the same day, another stall renter reported her saddle and ten bags of horse feed were also stolen from the supply room. The food was valued at $493 and the saddle was worth $400.

Scanning scam

is back at Walmart

A loss prevention employee with the Walmart Supercenter watched as a shopper scanned one item in the self-checkout lane and placed multiple items into her cart without paying for them, according to a sheriff’s report.

After making her purchases on June 28, the customer passed all points of checkout and left the store.

Melissa L. Fish, 37, of Ocala, was arrested and charged with petty retail theft. She was given a notice to appear in court and was issued a trespass warning from the store.

She told deputies she thought the items were scanned simply by putting them on the belt and then taking them off.