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18-year-old pawns stolen jewelry, video game consoles to ‘make money without working’

An 18-year-old Ocala woman is facing several felony charges after she admitted to pawning jewelry and electronic items that she had stolen from her parents.

On Friday, December 1, a Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy was on “active litter patrol” near the 10900 block of SW 105th Street in Ocala when a pile of trash was observed in the area. A pawn receipt in the trash listed the name of a customer – identified in the report as Ambyr Rose Bearce – along with the address of a residence on SW 50th Court in Ocala, according to the arrest report.

Ambyr Rose Bearce
Ambyr Rose Bearce, 18, of Ocala

The deputy responded to the residence and made contact with a female victim who was later identified as Bearce’s mother. While investigating the litter violation, the deputy showed two pawn receipts to the female victim, and she advised that one of the items listed on it – a Playstation 4 console – belonged to her husband.

The female victim advised that several jewelry items were missing from the residence, including her engagement ring set and her spouse’s wedding ring. In addition to the jewelry and Playstation 4, the female victim stated that a Nintendo Switch console and its controllers had also been stolen, according to the report.

The deputy noted that a computer records check revealed that Bearce had conducted the following transactions at a local pawn shop:

  • On October 4, 2023, Bearce sold her father’s silver wedding band for $100.
  • On October 23, 2023, Bearce sold her father’s Playstation 4 for $40.
  • On November 24, 2023, Bearce sold her mother’s gold ring engagement set for $200.
  • On November 28, 2023, Bearce sold the Nintendo Switch console and controllers for $75.

The deputy made contact with Bearce at the residence. After being read her Miranda rights, Bearce admitted to stealing the jewelry and electronic items from her parent’s residence. She told the deputy that she committed the thefts and sold the items because it was “a newfound way to make money without working,” according to the report.

Bearce also told the deputy during the post-Miranda interview that her original plan was to use the money from the pawned items to pay court fees from a past theft that she had been previously arrested for.

After the interview, Bearce was arrested, transported to Marion County Jail, and she was released two days later on $12,000 bond. She is being charged with grand theft over $300 but less than $5,000, dealing in stolen property, and providing false owner information to a pawnbroker.

A court date has been scheduled at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, January 2, 2024, according to jail records.