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Friday, July 1, 2022

Woman nabbed with stolen bike after calling deputy to Villages drug store

Brianna Faye Bennett

A Summerfield woman who called a Marion County sheriff’s deputy to a Villages drug store to report human trafficking ended up behind bars a short time later.

A deputy responded to the Walgreens drug store on Mulberry Lane at 11:35 a.m. and spoke with 22-year-old Brianna Faye Bennett. She refused to provide information about the alleged human trafficking and when the deputy attempted to find out more, she became upset, the report says.

Bennett didn’t want to identify herself and left the drug store a short time later on a bicycle heading east on Mulberry Lane, a sheriff’s office report states.

The deputy took note that the bicycle was a black-and-turquoise Huffy with a broken pedal and the kick-stand Zip-tied to the frame. When asked where she got the bicycle, Bennett said “Veto” got it for her.

A short time later, the deputy responded to the nearby Publix grocery store, where an employee reported that her bike, valued at $150, had been stolen. It matched the description of the Huffy bicycle being ridden by Bennett, the report says.

Later Sunday, a sheriff’s sergeant was working a domestic violence call when he saw Bennett riding the stolen bicycle. She told the sergeant she lived at the residence where the incident was taking place, the report says.

A deputy attempted to detain Bennett but she became combative. She attempted to pull away multiple times, forcing him to eventually take her to the ground to put her in handcuffs.

Bennett, who refused to identify herself, told a deputy on the way to the Marion County Jail that she didn’t think she did anything wrong. She was identified at the jail by a fingerprint scanner and charged with petit theft, resisting without violence, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana not more than 20 grams and possession of drug equipment. She is due in court May 12 and May 19 to answer to the charges.

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