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Gibberish-talking Dunnellon woman charged with breaking into Florida Highlands Baptist Church

Anissa Jo Brown

A Dunnellon woman started speaking about conspiracy theories and other gibberish after being arrested for allegedly breaking into and stealing items from a church and an adjoining shed.

Anissa Jo Brown, 43, of 9393 SW 158th Lane, was charged with unarmed burglary of an unoccupied structure, petit theft with a previous conviction, and possession of burglary tools with intent to use. She has prior theft convictions in Marion and Citrus counties in 2019, one in Marion County in 2017, and one in Orange County in 2003.

Marion County sheriff’s deputy responded at around 11 p.m. Feb. 10 to the Florida Highlands Baptist Church, 10891 SW 155th St., in reference to a burglary in progress. The deputy reported that upon arrival, she observed the shed open and a woman – later identified as Brown – standing inside, according to the sheriff’s office report.

The deputy reported that when she first observed Brown, she was walking further into the shed, but she came out when she saw the deputy. Brown then said she was the one who called law enforcement, but the deputy knew she wasn’t. Brown tried to tell the deputy there were two other subjects committing a burglary and she ran them off, the report said.

Upon inspecting the scene, the deputy found four bags of clothing, a baby stroller and baby seat attachment, and a green extension cord in front of the shed. Total value of the items was $250. Nearby were the broken lock for the shed, a hammer, two screwdrivers, and a pocketknife, according to the report.

The deputy also discovered the interior of the church had also been entered and ransacked. Found outside the door were a plastic container containing arts and crafts items valued at $50, and a red backpack containing aluminum foil and plasticware valued at $50. A representative from the church confirmed all the items found outside the church and shed were previously located inside the buildings, the report said.

The witness who called 911 said she was walking her dog when she heard a banging noise at the church. She said she saw a person with a flashlight near the shed. She said the person turned off the flashlight and hid, according to the report.

The witness said she went inside to call law enforcement and monitored her cameras. She said she could see the intruder turn the flashlight back on and continue going through the property. The deputy reviewed the video and didn’t see anyone besides Brown on the property, the report said.

The deputy reported that Brown started acting erratically once she was read her Miranda rights. She started talking gibberish and continually yelled about death and fake conspiracies. Brown was taken to the Marion County Jail, where she’s still being held on $6,000 bond. She’s due to appear in Marion County Court on March 17.

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