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Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Ocala woman arrested after stealing Ford F-250 pickup truck

A 28-year-old Ocala woman was arrested after stealing a Ford F-250 pickup truck from outside an apartment complex.

On Sunday, several Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to an apartment complex located on Laurel Pass in reference to a vehicle theft.

The male victim had lent his 2003 Ford F-250 pickup truck to a friend since that friend’s vehicle had broken down.

On Friday, December 31, the victim’s friend had used the truck to give Kimberly Naomi Singh a ride to a local store.

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Kimberly Naomi Singh

When the victim’s friend and Singh returned to the apartment complex, the friend placed the key to the pickup truck in the sun visor and accidentally left the vehicle unlocked. On Sunday, January 2, the friend went outside and discovered that the truck was gone.

The victim suspected that Singh had taken the truck. He had previously been the landlord for Singh and her ex-husband, and he still had her ex-husband’s phone number.

The victim called and asked Singh’s ex-husband if he had recently seen her or the vehicle. He did not recall seeing her, but he had heard someone drive by the previous night who was blaring a vehicle’s horn.

Singh’s ex-husband viewed camera footage from outside his residence and he saw a vehicle matching the pickup truck’s description passing his residence on Saturday, January 1. The victim viewed this footage and stated that it was his truck.

On Sunday at around 11:45 p.m., an MCSO deputy spotted the pickup truck at the Circle K located at 3550 N U.S. Highway 441 in Ocala. The deputy observed Singh as she exited the gas station, looked inside the pickup truck, and walked northbound away from the gas station.

The deputy approached Singh, detained her, and the pickup truck’s key was in her possession.

Singh told the deputy that she had permission to take the truck, and she claimed to have text messages that could prove it. The deputy checked her phone and found a message from the victim stating that the truck would be reported as stolen if she failed to return it.

The deputy did not find any messages that stated she could use the truck.

When asked why she had walked away from the gas station, Singh stated that the truck had ran out of gas.

Singh was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail where she is currently being held on $2,000 bond. She is facing a felony charge for grand theft of a vehicle.

A court date has not been scheduled yet, according to jail records.