An Ocala woman who ran into trouble while cleaning homes in The Villages in 2016 was arrested Saturday on four outstanding warrants.
Abigail Lorraine Bowles, 24, was taken into custody by Marion County sheriff’s deputies after she failed to appear at a probation hearing. She was charged with violating her probation on charges of felony fraudulent use of a credit card, fraudulent use of personal identification information, giving false verification of ownership to a pawn broker and dealing in stolen property. She was released Sunday on her own recognizance and is due to appear in a Marion County courtroom on March 29 at 9 a.m.
Bowles, who lives at 10 Emerald Crse. in Ocala, is no stranger to the legal systems of both Marion and Sumter counties. In February 2017, she was sentenced in Sumter County Court to two years’ probation, 60 days in jail and 50 hours of community service for stealing and pawning jewelry from a Villages woman who had hired her to clean her home. Bowles told law enforcement she had been “struggling to survive” before taking the jewelry from the Village of Sunset Pointe home and pawning it on Sept. 29, 2016 at Belleview Pawn.
Bowles also was arrested in November 2016 after using the woman’s Citizens First Bank card and running up charges at Wal-Mart, Dollar General and Circle K. When asked why she had used the Villager’s bank card, she responded, “Because I’m an idiot,” according to an arrest report.
In December 2016, Bowles’ bond was revoked and she was booked into the Marion County Jail. She relied on the public defender’s office for representation and eventually was sentenced to two years’ probation and two months in jail on the credit card charges.