Tuesday, July 7, 2020
75.4 F
Ocala

Hysterical Ocala woman admits taking shoes and clothes for friend’s kids

Melody Williams Hinchee

A 56-year-old woman was arrested last week at an Ocala department store after being accused of stealing shoes and children’s clothing.

Marion County sheriff’s deputies were called to the Bealls store at 9598 SW 114th Street on Wednesday afternoon and when they arrived, Melody Williams Hinchee, of Ocala, was being detained by a store employee. He told deputies he had watched Hinchee on video surveillance as she removed her shoes and replaced them with new ones before walking out of the store with a bag of children’s clothes she also didn’t pay for, a sheriff’s office report states.

The employee said he had confronted Hinchee at the front of the store. He said he had to detain her because she had attempted to flee with the merchandise, valued at $344.49, the report says.

Hinchee, who was visibly upset, admitted to stealing the items. She said the shoes in a box inside a bag on the ground were her old ones and she was wearing the new pair. She also claimed she took the children’s clothing for a friend who was in need, the report says.

Hinchee, who lives in the 8100 block of SW 109th Place in Ocala, was taken into custody and transported to the Marion County Jail, where she was charged with petit theft (third or subsequent offense). She was released Thursday morning on $2,000 bond and her next court date hasn’t yet been set.

Photos in Ocala, Florida

Crime

Man nabbed on multitude of charges when strike team raids Ocala residence

A man was arrested Wednesday when agents from the Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team and the Ocala Police Department’s SWAT team raided an Ocala residence.

Recently sprung Ocala man back in jail after rampage

A 33-year-old Ocala man who recently got out of jail was arrested again Monday after he allegedly went on a destructive rampage when his mother’s live-in boyfriend told him he had to move out.

FedEx driver helps Marion sheriff’s deputies nab Umatilla man after pursuit

A man was jailed recently after a FedEx driver helped Marion County sheriff’s deputies take him into custody.

New York City transplant nabbed for driving with suspended license

An Ocala motorist was jailed Wednesday morning after a Marion County sheriff’s deputy recognized him and knew he didn’t have a driver’s license.

Business

Historic 12-room inn near Downtown Ocala on the market for just under $1.2 million

The Shamrock Historic Inn offers 12 guest rooms with ‘cozy and eclectic’ themes and a manager/owner apartment.

Bryant tabbed to serve as vice chair of Florida Association of Counties committee

Marion County Commission Chairwoman Kathy Bryant has been appointed to serve as vice chair of the Florida Association of Counties’ Finance, Tax & Administration Committee.

Chuck E Cheese Ocala off list of nationwide closures amidst company bankruptcy filing

Chuck E Cheese in Ocala was not included in the list of restaurant locations closed by the company as a result of their bankruptcy filing last week.

Local business owner asking for donations to benefit family of late soldier

A local business owner is asking the community for donations to help the family of a late solider. 

Subscribe for email updates

* indicates required

Headlines

Belleview teenager’s agonizing wait for kidney transplant appears to be over

Belleview teenager Cole Tumey is scheduled to receive a new kidney Tuesday morning at UF Health Shands Hospital.

Man nabbed on multitude of charges when strike team raids Ocala residence

A man was arrested Wednesday when agents from the Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team and the Ocala Police Department’s SWAT team raided an Ocala residence.

Recently sprung Ocala man back in jail after rampage

A 33-year-old Ocala man who recently got out of jail was arrested again Monday after he allegedly went on a destructive rampage when his mother’s live-in boyfriend told him he had to move out.

Marion County nears 1,000 COVID-19 cases as virus continues to slam tri-county area

Marion County is continuing to see a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases, with 986 being reported Monday.

More articles like this