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Trespasser accused of stealing $300 check from Ocala bar

A 42-year-old Ocala woman was arrested this week after a local bar accused her of trespassing and stealing a $300 check.

On Monday, May 27, a Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to Baseline Bar & Billiards located at 3865 SE 58th Avenue in Ocala in reference to a petit theft incident that had occurred the previous day, according to the arrest report.

Upon arrival at the bar, the deputy made contact with an employee/victim who advised that a woman, Amanda Ruby Campbell, had entered the bar on Sunday, May 26. The victim told the deputy that while Campbell had been trespassed from the establishment in April of 2023, the victim initially chose to leave her alone because “she was not bothering anyone inside the bar,” according to the report.

Amanda Ruby Campbell
Amanda Ruby Campbell, 42, of Ocala

The victim stated that Campbell eventually started asking patrons in the bar for money, and the victim told Campbell that she needed to leave the premises. The deputy noted that the bar had video surveillance footage of the incident, which showed Campbell exiting the building and heading towards the bar’s mailbox.

The report stated that Campbell was observed on the video footage lowering the mailbox’s red flag and taking a rectangular envelope. She then began walking westbound towards her residence located on SE 56th Terrace.

According to the victim’s statement, the missing envelope contained a check in the amount of $300.

The deputy responded to Campbell’s home and made contact with her. When asked about the missing check, Campbell advised that she “took it home” and “ripped it up into pieces in her bedroom,” according to the report.

In the report, the deputy noted that Campbell further stated that she was “the sheriff of Marion County” and had “commandeered a check.”

On Monday, June 3, Campbell was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail, where she is currently being held on a $2,000 bond. She is being charged with trespassing into a structure or conveyance and first-degree petit theft over $100 but less than $750.

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