A Summerfield woman found herself behind bars early Wednesday morning after being accused of ripping off several items – including a $2.02 beverage – from a retail travel center.
Marion County sheriff’s deputies were called Tuesday to the Pilot Travel Center at 4032 W Hwy. 326 near Interstate 75. The co-manager of the store told them that a woman, later identified as 34-year-old Allissa Maye Volpe, had taken the drink and several food items and then left the store in a gold Toyota 4Runner.
A deputy observed video surveillance footage that showed Volpe grabbing a Styrofoam cup and filling it with an Icee. She picked up several items from a display that contained packaged sandwiches, cheese and other perishable food items and then walked into the store’s bathroom, a sheriff’s office report states.
The co-manager said she saw Volpe eating a Rotini Mozzarella and Pepperoni Stick valued at $1.99. She said Volpe threw the wrapper on the ground so she picked it up and asked her to pay for it, which Volpe said she would, the report says.
Volpe left through a side door, then came back inside the minimart and went back to the perishable food area. She exited the store again holding an Icee and “appeared to have other items stuffed in her pants,” the report says.
Deputies went to a residence on NW 145th Street where Volpe was supposedly staying and while they were speaking with residents there, she pulled in the driveway, then backed up and drove away. A deputy quickly stopped Volpe’s vehicle and she claimed she left when she saw the sheriff’s patrol vehicles because she didn’t have a driver’s license, the report says.
After being read her rights, Volpe denied taking the items from the Pilot Travel Center, saying she didn’t know what the deputy was talking about. When asked if she was at the travel center, she said she “didn’t know and maybe,” the report says.
A computer check showed that Volpe’s driver’s license had been suspended on Nov. 20, 2017. She also was adjudicated guilty on Aug. 2, 2016 for driving while license suspended or revoked, the report says.
Deputies also confirmed that Volpe’s vehicle wasn’t registered. She claimed to own the SUV but according to a check of the VIN number, it still was in the previous owner’s name.
Volpe, who told deputies her address was in the 15900 block of S U.S. 301 in Summerfield, was transported to the Marion County Jail and charged with petit theft, driving while license suspended or revoked and failure to register a motor vehicle. She was being held on $1,500 bond and is due in court June 18 at 9 a.m. to answer to the charges.