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Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Homeless woman arrested by Dunnellon police after being found inside unoccupied residence

A 32-year-old homeless woman was arrested by the Dunnellon Police Department after she was found hiding inside a bedroom closet in an unoccupied residence.

On Thursday, August 11, at approximately 11:30 a.m., a DPD officer and corporal responded to the 20600 block of Park Avenue in reference to reports of a burglary in progress.

Upon arrival, the officer and corporal met with the male reportee who stated that a lawn maintenance company had alerted him that a shed near the residence appeared to have been tampered with. The reportee advised that no one had been given permission to occupy the residence.

According to the reportee, he entered the home and smelled cigarette smoke. He also advised that he heard commotion inside the home that sounded like someone was moving around.

The officer and corporal entered the residence, announced that they are with the Dunnellon Police Department, and commanded that anyone inside the residence needed to “make themselves known.”

The DPD report indicated that the corporal entered a bedroom inside the residence and observed a sheet that was covering something in the corner of the closet. When the corporal removed the sheet, a woman was observed, and she was identified as Crystal Nadine Rollen. The officer approached Rollen and placed her in handcuffs.

Crystal Nadine Rollen
Crystal Nadine Rollen

A black purse was found in the closet. The corporal searched the purse and located the following: a Florida driver’s license issued to Rollen and a small white rock-like substance that later field-tested positive for the presence of cocaine.

The officer conducted a pat-down search of Rollen. Inside Rollen’s bra, the officer located a glass tube pipe with metal mesh and burnt residue inside.

The reportee told investigators that personal property was found inside the shed that “did not belong there.” Inside the residence, the reportee advised that there were “extensive clothes and other items” that should not have been there, and the stove appeared to have been used.

The corporal noted in the report that a chair had been observed near the window with a light turned on, and the light was pointed toward the chair. Based on the reportee’s statement and the corporal’s observations, the corporal stated in the report that Rollen had likely been living in the house “for days.”

While the corporal was unable to determine an exact amount of the theft, the corporal determined that the theft of utilities was less than $100 for the use of lights and the stove.

A criminal history search of Rollen revealed that she was previously convicted of grand theft in Marion County earlier this year.

After being read her Miranda rights, Rollen refused to answer any questions. She was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail where she is currently being held on $24,000 bond. She is facing felony charges for burglary of an unoccupied dwelling and possession of a controlled substance (cocaine), along with misdemeanor charges for second degree petit theft and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A court date has been scheduled on Tuesday, September 13 at 9 a.m., according to jail records.