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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

California man arrested after MCSO deputy spots him in stolen rental car

A 49-year-old man from California was arrested after a Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy spotted him in a rental vehicle that had been reported stolen.

On Friday, June 17, the MCSO deputy observed a silver Hyundai Accent that was traveling on NE 58th Avenue in Ocala. The deputy ran a computer search of the vehicle’s license plate number and discovered that the vehicle had been reported stolen out of Fort Lauderdale.

The deputy conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle in the 1400 block of NE 58th Avenue. The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, later identified as Antwone Lakeith Dickey, was removed from the vehicle and detained.

Antwone Lakeith Dickey
Antwone Lakeith Dickey

When the deputy advised that the vehicle had been reported as stolen, Dickey denied any knowledge of this. He claimed that his wife had rented the vehicle and that she should have made payments for the rental.

The deputy confirmed that the vehicle had been reported as stolen out of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department on Wednesday, June 8.

Dickey was secured in handcuffs and placed inside a marked patrol car while the interior of the rental vehicle was searched. According to the MCSO report, a .22 caliber “pocket pistol” was found in the pocket of the driver’s side door.

The pistol was loaded with four rounds. Inside the glovebox, the deputy located two loose .22 caliber rounds, and a box of .22 caliber rounds was located on the back seat. The box of ammunition contained a total of 27 rounds.

Dickey was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail. During the ride to the jail, the MCSO report indicated that Dickey spontaneously stated that he knew the firearm was there because it was his wife’s “deuce deuce” gun.

MCSO was unable to find any documentation showing that Dickey possessed an active concealed carry license. An MCSO corporal attempted to ask Dickey if he had such a license, and the corporal noted in the report that Dickey was “uncooperative.”

Dickey was later released from the jail on $7,000 bond and he is facing felony charges for grand theft of a motor vehicle and displaying a weapon during the commission of a felony.

A court date has been scheduled on Tuesday, July 19 at 9 a.m., according to jail records.