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Woman scams Corridor churches

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By The Staff

A Marion County woman, who is accused of going to area churches requesting prayer for her sick daughter, was arrested on Dec. 12 for scamming some Corridor churches of money. On Dec. 5, a sheriff’s deputy went to Crossroads Community Church on S.W. 60th Avenue to talk to them about their encounter with the woman.

The woman allegedly came to the church in late September or early October and asked for parishioners to pray for her sick child, who was in need of an a kidney transplant, according to a sheriff’s report.

Though the suspect asked for prayer and never for money, she has no problem taking it. The church decided to take up a collection for the mother and raised $1,365 in cash, according to a sheriff’s report. After taking the funds, the woman vanished from the church before the service was over.

The church later contacted the Memphis, Tennessee hospital where the child was supposedly getting the transplant. They had never heard of the suspect or her child.

At Friendship Baptist Church, a woman came into the church with a sick child sometime during the middle of October and gave a similar story to the congregation, according to a sheriff’s report. They also took a collection for the mother and daughter and gave her $100 in cash.

A few days after giving her the money, Friendship Baptist also contacted the hospital and got the same answer as the other church.

Misty Dawn Everly, 34, of Ocala, was arrested and charged with three counts of scheme to defraud. She was already in the Marion County Jail at the time of the arrest.

After reading a news article about the suspect, the pastor of Countryside Presbyterian Church contacted law enforcement. He reported a woman came into his church in late September and gave him a similar story about her daughter.

At the time of the incident, church had already been dismissed, so the pastor followed her to a gas station and filled up her tank, according to a sheriff’s report. He also gave her $60 in cash and wished her well.

Everly was also charged for allegedly telling a similar story at churches in Williston and Bronson.

Rash of vehicle

break-ins

On Dec. 6, a man parked his unlocked 2006 Dodge Dakota at his home on S.W. 103rd Loop. Later that day, the man returned to the truck and discovered a box of Prince Albert cigars valued at $25 and $5 in loose change was missing, according to a sheriff’s report.

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On Dec. 7, before he went into his S.W. 64th Avenue home for the night, a man made note that his Cannon video camera was still on the floorboard of his car. Later he went out to his 2004 silver Pontiac Grand AM to get the camera and discovered it was missing, according to a sheriff’s report.

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A man parked his 2001 Toyota in the driveway of his Majestic Oaks home on Dec. 7. When he returned to the vehicle the morning of Dec. 8.  he discovered a pair of Revo sunglasses worth $300, a Garmin GPS valued at $300, a Magellan GPS worth $100 a Kodak digital camera valued at $400 and a $100 Apple MP3 player were gone, according to a sheriff’s report.

Though the man said he usually locks his vehicle, he is unsure whether he did that night.

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A speaker box with two speakers was taken from a 1993 Ford truck, which was parked on S.W. 38th Avenue. The incident occurred sometime between 5:30 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8:15 a.m. Dec. 8, according to a sheriff’s report.

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Between 8:30 p.m. Dec. 8 and 6:25 a.m. Dec. 9, a 1999 Ford truck was burglarized in Woods and Meadows, according to a sheriff’s report. A black leather wallet valued at $20 and tobacco products worth $8 were stolen from the pickup.

On Dec. 15, after an investigative lead, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office arrested Matthew William Kilgore, 18, of Ocala, and charged him in four of the five vehicle burglary cases. He was charged with four counts of burglary of a conveyance, two counts of grand theft, and two counts petty theft. He was taken to the Marion County Jail.

In addition to Kilgore, a juvenile was arrested in one of the five cases. The teen was charged with burglary of a conveyance and petty theft. He was taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center.

Two women

scam razor store

On Dec. 10, two women pulled up to Razor Repair on S.R. 200 in a white four-door car. One of the women came into to the store and spoke to the owner, the other one stayed outside.

A few minutes later the 20-something-year-old woman left the store, after the middle-aged woman hopped back into the car and honked the horn, according to a sheriff’s report. The women drove off heading east on S.R. 200.

After they left the shop, the owner went outside to check the table of merchandise he had sitting out. An Elton wet/dry shaver, a Remington DS-145 razor and three compasses were missing.

The younger woman is described as being her 20s with dirty blonde hair in pigtails. The older woman was described as heavyset with glasses.

Woman arrested for

petty theft at Bealls

On Dec. 7, a loss prevention employee for Bealls noticed a shopper select four children’s items and four jewelry items then head to another department where she grabbed two tops and a pair of shorts.

After coming out of the dressing room she only had the tops and shorts with her, according to a sheriff’s report. She paid for a few items and then headed out the door, where the employee stopped her.

Victoria A. Stavitzski, 18, of Ocala, was arrested and charged with petty retail theft. She received a notice to appear in court, along with a trespass warning. The four toddler clothing items valued at $145 and four jewelry items worth $146 were returned to the store.

Two shoppers caught

pocketing video games

On Dec. 9, a loss prevention employee for the Wal-Mart Supercenter noticed two customers in the garden center removing the packaging on items and putting them in their pockets, according to a sheriff’s report. After passing all points of sale, the customers were stopped outside of the store.

Brandon Wayne Teems, 19, of Silver Springs, and Joshua Paul Korn, 19, of Inverness, were arrested and charged with petty retail theft. They were taken to the Marion County Jail. Eight video games worth $297 were returned to the store.