Fruitland Park woman arrested with car stolen from her mother in Sumter County

Carol Ann Rhom

A Fruitland Park woman was arrested after she was caught behind the wheel of a car stolen from her mother three weeks earlier in Sumter County.

Carol Ann Rhom, 47, had been driving a red Chevy Impala at about 8 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of U.S. Hwy. 27/441 and County Road 466A when she was spotted by law enforcement, according to an arrest report from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. A check of the license plate confirmed the car had been reported stolen.

Rhom pulled into the Murphy gas station at 1801 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd. in Leesburg, where she was filling up the car’s gas tank. That’s where a deputy made contact with her.

Rhom acknowledged the car belonged to her mother, but claimed she had permission to drive it. A deputy reminded Rhom that the vehicle had been reported stolen three weeks earlier. Rhom said she did not have access to a phone to call her mother and tell her she had the vehicle.

“The arrestee could not give a common sense answer for the fact that she did not return the vehicle back to her mother,” the deputy wrote in the arrest report.

Rhom was arrested on a charge of grand theft auto. She was booked on $3,000 bond at the Lake County Jail.